Third Age

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The Third Age, often abbreviated to T.A., began after the first downfall of Sauron, when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men following the downfall of Númenor.

This age was characterized by the rise and decline of the exiled Númenorean kingdoms, the slow recovery of Sauron's power, and, also known as the Fading Years, the waning of the Elves.

It lasted for 3021 years, until Sauron was again defeated, this time finally, when his Ruling Ring was destroyed. When Elrond and the Three Rings left Middle-earth for the Uttermost West, the Fourth Age began.

Major events of the Third Age

Military[note 1] Political Other
1st millennium
2nd millennium
  • Founding of the Shire (1600)
  • Dissolution of Arnor (1974)
  • Evacuation of Moria (1981)
  • Thráin I establishes the Kingdom of Erebor (1999)
3rd millennium
4th millennium

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  1. Only wars and isolated battles are mentioned as events; for battles being part of larger campaigns, look the campaigns' respective articles