Annals of Valinor
The Annals of Valinor or Annals of Aman are countings of years of the Valian Years taking place in Valinor, written in an annalistic style by Rúmil and expanded by Pengolod.
These Annals were written by Rúmil of Tirion, telling the history of Arda until the Years of the Sun. Pengolod added some details and continued them from the Valian Year 2994, after the Exile of the Noldor. Pengolod continued the counting of the years after the rising of the Sun with the Annals of Beleriand.
Tolkien began to write these Annals along with the Annals of Beleriand as parallel works to the Silmarillion, to help him handle the complex history of the Elder Days, as measured first in the "Valian Years" (each much longer than our years) up until the first "Year of the Sun" (the same duration as our modern year). Therefore there are many versions, each attached to the current version of the Silmarillion he was writing at the time.
- "The Earliest Annals of Valinor", written in early 1930s. Published in The Shaping of Middle-earth.
- "The Later Annals of Valinor", written in late 1930s. Published in The Lost Road and Other Writings.
- "The Annals of Aman", written in 1950-51. Published in Morgoth's Ring. They were one of the main sources used by Christopher Tolkien for the composition of his Silmarillion.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman", p. 48
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, II. The Later Annals of Valinor", p. 116