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- All dates in this section are approximate. Calculated Sun years for the Years of the Lamps and the Trees are rounded to the nearest year.[Note 1]
|Years of the Lamps|
|Valian Year||Calculated Sun Years||Event|
|Ainulindalë ; The Ainur enter Eä.|
|1–1499||1-14,363||The First War and the Marring of Arda.|
|1500||14,373||Tulkas enters Arda and Melkor flees.|
|1900||18,206||The completion of Arda. The Valar create the Two Lamps and settle at Almaren. Beginning of the Spring of Arda.|
|3400||32,579||Tulkas weds Nessa. Melkor secretly returns to Arda, raises the Iron Mountains and delves Utumno. This partly blights the Spring of Arda.|
|3450||33,058||Melkor overthrows the Two Lamps, forming the Seas of Helcar and Ringil. Almaren is destroyed. In order to preserve life on the earth, Yavanna sets most living things into a long sleep. End of the Spring of Arda.|
|3450–3500||33,058-33,537||The Valar raise the Pelóri and settle in Aman. The Two Trees are grown in Valinor.|
|Years of the Trees|
|Year of the Trees||Calculated Sun Years||Event|
|1||1||Yavanna creates the Two Trees amidst the hill of Ezellohar in Valinor. With Telperion's first blooming the new Count of Time begins.|
Over the many centuries, Melkor sleeps in Utumno. Oromë hunts throughout Middle-earth. Melkor raises the Hithaeglir to hinder his efforts.
|1000||9582||The Valar hold council, for Yavanna and Oromë report that Melkor might rise once more in power. They discuss the Children of Ilúvatar. Over the next fifty years, Varda fashions new stars and begins to organize them and those already wrought into constellations.|
Some time before the waking of the Elves, Aulë secretly creates the 7 Fathers of the Dwarves and their 6 spouses. Ilúvatar adopts them and they are put to sleep.
|1050||10,061||Varda forms the Valacirca. The first 144 Elves (Minyar, Tatyar, and Nelyar) awake in Cuiviénen. Melian travels to Beleriand after ascending Taniquetil to see the stars.|
|1080||10,349||Spies of Melkor discover the Elves and afflict them. It is possible through the torture of Melkor that Orcs are first created.|
|1085||10,396||Oromë discovers the Elves, and calls them the Eldar. The Eldar are afraid of Oromë and blame him for Melkor's work.|
|1086||10,406||Oromë returns to Valinor and witnesses to his peers about the Children of Ilúvatar. Oromë returns to the Elves while the Valar consider his message.|
|1090||10,444||The Valar make war on Melkor in the Battle of the Powers. The earth is shaken. The shores of Beleriand are formed and bays are created on the North. Over the next two years, Melkor is defeated and retreats into Utumno.|
|1092||10,464||The siege of Utumno begins. The North is desolated and the Sea widened.|
|1099||10,530||The Battle of the Powers ends as the Valar storm the final defenses of Utumno. Tulkas captures Melkor, binding him with Angainor. Sauron evades capture.|
|1100||10,540||Melkor is brought back to Valinor, judged and cast into the Halls of Mandos for three Ages of the Valar (300 Valian Years).|
|1101||10,550||The Valar make council about the protection of the Children of Ilúvatar and decide to bring them to Valinor. Oromë extends this invitation to the Elves.|
|1102||10,559||The Elves are unwilling to leave Cuiviénen. Oromë invites three Elven ambassadors, Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë to come to Valinor with the hope that they can convince their people to come as well.|
|1104||10,579||The ambassadors return to Cuiviénen and invite the Elves to return with them to Valinor.|
|1105||10,588||First Sundering of the Elves at Cuiviénen. The Vanyar led by Ingwë, the Noldor led by Finwë and the Teleri led by Elwë and Olwë. The Avari, led by Morwë and Nurwë, stay in Cuiviénen.|
The Eldar depart, pass Sea of Helcar and turn west. Some are terrified by the smokes of war and go back.
|1115||10,684||Second Sundering of the Elves: The Eldar host passes Greenwood the Great and comes to the River Anduin. Some Eldar, afterwards known as Lindar, wish to stay there. Terrified by the Hithaeglir, a part of them go south led by Lenwë.|
|1125||10,780||The Vanyar and Noldor enter Beleriand; the foremost of them pass Sirion and reach the shores. Oromë goes to Aman for counsel.|
|1128||10,808||The unwilling Teleri also come to Beleriand and dwell east of Gelion. Elwë keeps friendship with Finwë and the Noldor to the west.|
|1130||10,828||Elwë, returning from a meeting with Finwë, meets Melian in Nan Elmoth. They fall into a trance.|
|1132||10,847||Ulmo brings an island to the Bay of Balar. The Vanyar and Noldor forget their fear for the Sea and embark upon it while the Teleri stay in Beleriand to look for Elwë.|
While departing, the island breaks and leaves the Isle of Balar behind.
|1133||10,856||The Vanyar and Noldor enter Valinor and build Eldamar. The Valar open the rift Calacirya in Pelóri so that the Light of Valinor reaches Eldamar. The Elves begin the building of Tirion on the hill Túna inside Calacirya.|
|1140||10,923||The Vanyar and Noldor found Tirion and Mindon Eldaliéva. Some Vanyar yearn for the Trees and move closer to Valinor.|
|1142||10,943||Yavanna gives the Noldor White Tree.|
|1149||11,010||Finwë prays to Ulmo to bring the Teleri to Valinor. However, Ossë is grieved to lose the Teleri and persuades some to stay with him in Beleriand. These are called the Falathrim afterwards. Círdan establishes the havens of Brithombar and Eglarest. Ossë teaches them shipcraft.|
|1150||11,019||Olwë and the most part of the Teleri leave Beleriand on Tol Eressëa. The rest of the Teleri remain to search for Elwë and are named the Eglath.|
|1151||11,029||Ossë convinces Ulmo to halt Tol Eressëa outside the Bay of Eldamar. The Teleri who choose to remain on the island are afterwards named the Falmari.|
|1152||11,038||Elwë and [[Melian] awaken from their trance. Elwë, now silver-haired, becomes the King of the Elves in Beleriand.|
|1161||11,125||Ossë teaches the Falmari how to build ships. They leave Tol Eressëa and come to Valinor.|
|1162||11,134||The Teleri found Alqualondë with the help of Finwë.|
|1165||11,163||All the Vanyar depart from Tirion to Taniquetil. The Noldor stay with the Falmari.|
|1169||11,201||Birth of Fëanor son of Finwë and Míriel. Aulë teaches the Noldor metalwork and mining. Rúmil of Tirion makes the Sarati and possibly writes the Ainulindalë.|
|1170||11,211||Death of Míriel Serindë.|
|1172||11,230||Doom of Manwë is erected.|
|1185||11,355||Finwë weds Indis.|
|1190||11,403||Birth of Fingolfin in Valinor.|
|1200||11,498||Second Age of the Chaining of Melkor: Lúthien is born in Neldoreth.|
|1230||11,786||Birth of Finarfin in Valinor.|
|1250||11,978||Fëanor creates the Tengwar.|
Dwarves enter Beleriand and meet the Sindar.
|1280||12,265||Finarfin weds Eärwen.|
|1300||12,457||Third Age of the Chaining of Melkor. The births of Turgon and Finrod in Valinor.|
The Dwarves of Belegost and Sindar begin the building of Menegroth in Doriath. The Naugrim (Dwarves) are paid with knowledge from Melian and with many pearls, including Nimphelos. Daeron creates the Certhas Daeron.
|1330||12,744||Orcs are first seen in Beleriand. The Dwarves make weapons for the Sindar.|
|1350||12,936||Denethor leads some of the Nandor into Beleriand and befriends Thingol. They settle in Ossiriand. Daeron betters the Cirth, which are adopted by the Dwarves and made known east of the Blue Mountains.|
|1362||13,051||Births of Galadriel and Aredhel in Valinor.|
|1400||13,415||Melkor released from bondage.|
|1410||13,511||Melkor befriends the Noldor.|
|1449||13,884||Fëanor, having invented the substance Silima, begins constructing the Silmarils,|
|1450||13,894||Fëanor completes the Silmarils. He puts the Light of the Trees in them and Varda hallows them.|
For the next 20 years, Melkor begins spreading strife and talking about the need for weapons. Fëanor expresses his desire to reject the Valar and return to Middle Earth.
|1490||14,277||Finwë summons Fëanor to a council meeting, where he threatens Fingolfin with his sword. The Valar then exile Fëanor to Formenos for 12 years. He takes his wife and seven sons. Finwë follows him in exile.|
|1492||14,296||Melkor visits Fëanor in Formenor, but he repels him. Finwë then warns the Valar, who begin to pursue Melkor. Melkor hides and meets Ungoliant in Avathar.|
|1495||14,325||Fëanor is summoned by Manwë to Taniquetil where he and Fingolfin reconcile. Ungoliant destroys the Two Trees, Morgoth kills Finwë in Formenos and steals the Silmarils. Morgoth and Ungoliant flee to Beleriand where they argue. Melkor calls Balrogs to his aid and they and drive Ungoliant away. Morgoth stays in Angband and raises the peaks of Thangorodrim.|
|1496||14,335||Mandos (or his messenger) appears before the Noldor and speaks the Doom of Mandos. Finarfin with some repent and return to Valinor where he is accepted. Finrod his son becomes the leader of his house and follows Fëanor.|
|1497||14,344||First Battle of Beleriand. Death of Denethor, besiegement of the Havens of the Falas. Thingol withdraws his people and the Girdle of Melian is set around Doriath. The Laiquendi from now on remain hidden and take no other king.
The Noldor arrive at Helcaraxë, but Fëanor and his people betray Fingolfin and sail to Beleriand. Burning of the ships at Losgar. Dagor-nuin-Giliath ("Battle-under-Stars"). Fëanor is mortally wounded by Gothmog and is rescued by his sons before dying in sight of the Thangorodrim. Maedhros meets with Morgoth under a false truce, his forces are too few and he is captured.
|1498||14,354||Maedhros is chained to the Thangorodrim. The Noldor do not depart as demanded by Morgoth and instead make a great camp at Mithrim.|
|1500||14,373||Creation of Moon and Sun. The host of the Noldor finishes crossing the Helcaraxë and enters Beleriand under Fingolfin. Battle of the Lammoth and death of Argon. The Moon rises and after seven times, the Sun follows.|
The First Age
- See: Timeline/First Age
The Second Age
- See: Timeline/Second Age
The Third Age
- See: Timeline/Third Age
The Fourth Age
- See: Timeline/Fourth Age
- One Valian Year is equal to 9.582 Sun Years.