Third Age 2978

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Third Age 2978 (abbreviated to T.A. 2978) is the 2978th year of the Sun of the Third Age of Middle-earth. Third Age 2978 was also known as S.R. 1378 in Shire-reckoning.

Notable events in this year include:

Calculation of the Dates for Théodred and Elfhild[edit | edit source]

In Appendix A it is stated that Éomund, father of Éomer and Éowyn, died in T.A. 3002. His wife Théodwyn, the beloved sister of King Théoden, died soon after. The king took in his sister's children for he only had one child, Théodred, who in 3002 was 24 years old and thus was born in 2978. It is also stated that Théoden's wife Elfhild died in childbirth.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 206
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark", Third Line