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. In the meantime the Elves and Dwarves and other peoples did little new; also known as the Fading Years, the Age marked the waning of the Elves.

It lasted for 3021 years, until Sauron was again defeated, this time, for once and for all, when his Ruling Ring was destroyed. This was a gamble for the Wise because they preserved the Free peoples and destroyed much evil. But then the last greatest of the Eldar remaining in Middle-earth left for the Uttermost West, and much good and beauty were lost to Middle-earth for ever. With the Last Riding of the Keepers 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