Timeline/First Age

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First Age[edit | edit source]

Years of the Trees[edit | edit source]

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The First Age begins with the Awakening of the Elves in the Year of the Trees 1050, but those Years end in Y.T. 1500 with the creation of the Moon and Sun, replaced by the Years of the Sun. Thus the most part of the First Age equates to c. 4,312 solar years before the first rising of the Sun.[note 1]

Years of the Sun[edit | edit source]

Y.S. Event
1 The Moon first rises, followed by the Sun. From now, the First Age is measured in the Years of the Sun.
Awakening of Men in Hildórien.
Despite heavy losses, Fingolfin and his followers cross the Helcaraxë into Dor Daedeloth, and reach the gates of Angband.
Fingolfin and his host fight the Battle of the Lammoth and Argon is slain by Orcs.
2 The host of Fingolfin camps beside Lake Mithrim, across from the House of Fëanor.
Morgoth releases poisonous vapors from Angband, which darken the sky.
5 Fingon rescues Maedhros from Thangorodrim.
6 Thingol grants permission for the House of Finarfin to enter Doriath, and for the Noldor to occupy the Northlands.
7 The Noldor hold a council. Maedhros relinquishes his claim to the throne. The Sons of Fëanor relocate to East Beleriand.
Fingolfin becomes High King of the Noldor in Beleriand.
20 The Feast of Mereth Aderthad. Mablung of the heavy hand and Daeron are sent from Doriath to attend.
50 Ulmo grants visions of hidden places to Finrod and Turgon.
52 Finrod discovers the Nulukkizdîn‎ and they begin to construct Nargothrond.
53 Turgon discovers the hidden valley of Tumladen.
60 The Dagor Aglareb ("The Glorious Battle") is fought and the Siege of Angband begins.
Finrod constructs Minas Tirith.
64 Turgon relocates his people from Nevrast to Tumladen. They begin to construct the city of Gondolin.
65 The harbors of Brithombar and Eglarest constructed.
66 Thingol learns of the Silmarils from Galadriel.
67 Thingol learns of the Kinslaying at Alqualondë. Finarfin's children are temporarily expelled from Doriath. Thingol forbids Quenya to be spoken in Beleriand.
102 Nargothrond completed.
116 Gondolin completed.
150 Caranthir meets with the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains.
155 The first Assault on Hithlum; Orcs attack from Lammoth but are defeated by Fingon. Morgoth realises that Orcs unaided are no match for the Noldor forces.
260 Glaurung is defeated in Ard-galen. The Long Peace begins.
262 Birth of Bëor.
282 Birth of Marach.
289 Birth of Baran.
292 Birth of Belen.
307 Birth of Malach.
310 Men of the House of Bëor enter Beleriand and are discovered by Finrod.
Birth of Imlach.
311 Finrod returns to Nargothrond with Bëor. Baran leads the House of Bëor.
312 The Haladin and the Drúedain enter Beleriand.
313 Marach enters Beleriand.
315 Births of Haldad and Boron.
316 Birth of Beldir. Aredhel leaves Gondolin and weds Eöl.
317 Birth of Baranor.
320 Birth of Maeglin.
322 Malach settles in Hithlum.
336 Malach leaves Hithlum.
337 Birth of Amlach. Malach weds Zimrahin.
338 Birth of Boromir.
339 Births of Adanel and Belemir.
340 Births of Bereg and Belegor.
341 Births of Magor, Haleth, and Haldar.
355 Death of Bëor.
359 Birth of Bregor.
361 Birth of Andreth.
365 Births of Hathol and Beril.
366 Birth of Haldan.
369 Bereg leads a thousand people southwards.
374 Birth of Beren.
375 The Battle of the Gelion-Ascar Stockade. Deaths of Haldad and Haldar.
376 Death of Marach.
380 Death of Baran.
386 Birth of Bregil.
389 Birth of Hirwen.
390 Births of Hador and Halmir.
393 Birth of Bregolas.
397 Birth of Gilwen.
398 Death of Malach.
400 Aredhel and Maeglin return to Gondolin and are secretly followed by Eöl. Aredhel is killed and Eöl is then executed. Maeglin remains in Gondolin.
Birth of Barahir.
402 Battle of the Aglon Pass.
405 Hador enters the service of Fingolfin.
406 Birth of Emeldir.
408 Death of Boron.
409 Birth of Brandir. Conversation of Finrod and Andreth.
410 Ladros is given to the House of Bëor.
411 Birth of Beldis.
414 Birth of Haldir.
415 Birth of Glóredhel.
416 The House of Hador is given the lands of Dor-lómin to dwell in.
417 Births of Galdor and Beleth.
418 Birth of Hundar.
419 Birth of Gundor.
420 Death of Haleth. Births of Hareth and Baragund. Hador dwells in Hithlum.
422 Forest of Brethil given to the House of Haleth. Birth of Belegund.
432 Birth of Beren Erchamion. Death of Boromir.
436 Galdor weds Hareth.
441 Births of Húrin and Handir.
443 Births of Morwen and Hunleth.
444 Birth of Huor.
447 Birth of Hundad.
448 Death of Bregor.
450 Birth of Rían.
451 Death of Haldan.
455 Morgoth breaks the Siege of Angband. The Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame"). Deaths of Angrod, Aegnor, Hador, Gundor, and Bregolas. Fingolfin challenges Morgoth to single combat. Death of Fingolfin. Fingon becomes High King of the Noldor. Gil-galad is sent to the Falas.
456 Death of Gundor.
Emeldir, wife of Barahir, leads their people out of Dorthonion to Brethil.
457 Sauron captures Minas Tirith. Barahir and his outlaws hide in Dorthonion. A company of Orcs defeated in the Forest of Brethil.
458 Húrin and Huor are brought by Thorondor to Gondolin.
459 Húrin and Huor leave Gondolin.
460 Deaths of Barahir, Belegund, Baragund, and all the outlaws except Beren Erchamion.
462 Death of Galdor. Orcs invade Beleriand.
463 The Easterlings swear false loyalty to Maedhros.
464 Beren leaves Dorthonion and meets Lúthien in the forest of Doriath.
Birth of Túrin.
465 The Quest for the Silmaril. Death of Finrod.
Birth of Brandir.
466 Beren and Lúthien take one Silmaril from Morgoth. Beren loses his hand to Carcharoth. The Hunting of the Wolf. The first death of Beren Erchamion.
Birth of Urwen.
467 The first death of Lúthien. Lúthien sings before Mandos, who releases both her and Beren from the Halls of Mandos.
468 Birth of Hunthor. Thingol refuses to join the Union of Maedhros.
469 Death of Urwen. Orcs driven from Beleriand. Beren and Lúthien return to Middle-earth.
470 Births of Dior and Hardang.
471 Death of Halmir. Huor weds Rían.
472 The Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears"). Deaths of Fingon, Huor, Glóredhel, Azaghâl, Haldir, Hundar and Rían. Húrin is taken captive to Angband. Turgon becomes High King of the Noldor.
The Year of Lamentation. Birth of Tuor.
473 Birth of Nienor. Túrin sent to Doriath. Fall of the Falas. Brithombar and Eglarest ruined. Gil-galad and Círdan flee to the Isle of Balar. Havens of Sirion constructed.
481 Túrin becomes companion-in-arms to Beleg on the marches of Doriath.
484 Death of Saeros. Túrin leaves Doriath.
485 Túrin kills Forweg and becomes leader of the Gaurwaith.
486 Túrin and the outlaws encounter Mîm and make their home on Amon Rûdh as the House of Ransom.
487 Túrin lives as an outlaw on Amon Rûdh.
488 Tuor enslaved.
489 Beleg joins Túrin on Amon Rûdh. Mîm betrays them to Orcs and Túrin is captured. Death of Beleg.
490 Gwindor leads Túrin to Nargothrond. Túrin becomes captain of Nargothrond.
491 Tuor escapes and becomes an outlaw.
494 Morwen and Nienor flee to Doriath.
495 Battle of the Crossings of the Taeglin. Battle of Tumhalad. Tuor comes to Nevrast. Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung. Deaths of Finduilas, Orodreth, Gwindor, and Handir.
496 Túrin comes to Brethil.
Tuor comes to Gondolin.
Morwen Eledhwen and Nienor leave Doriath seeking Túrin. Nienor loses her memory, is found by the Men of Brethil, and given the name Níniel.
497 Dior weds Nimloth.
498 Túrin weds Níniel.
499 Túrin defeats Glaurung. Deaths of Brandir, Hunthor, Nienor and Túrin.
500 Eluréd and Elurín born. Release of Húrin.
501 Húrin comes to Doriath. Deaths of Morwen and Hardang.
502 Húrin gives the Nauglamír to Thingol and Melian. Deaths of Húrin and Mîm. The Dwarves of Nogrod are commissioned to set the Silmaril in the Nauglamír. Tuor weds Idril in Gondolin.
503 Births of Eärendil and Elwing. Death of Thingol. Melian returns to Valinor. The Battle of the Thousand Caves. The Battle of Sarn Athrad. Death of Mablung of the heavy hand. Lúthien wears the Silmaril. Dior and his family come to Menegroth. Final deaths of Beren and Lúthien.
Dior receives the Nauglamír and Silmaril.
504 With the power of the Silmaril, King Dior finally restores the former glory of Doriath. He now publicly wears the Nauglamír and the Silmaril.
505 The sons of Fëanor demand the Silmaril from Dior.
506 The Second Kinslaying at Menegroth and the Ruin of Doriath.
Deaths of Dior, Nimloth, Celegorm, Curufin, and Caranthir. Eluréd and Elurín are abandoned in the wintry forest to die.
507 Elwing comes to the Havens of Sirion with the Silmaril.
509 Maeglin captured and tortured by Morgoth.
510 The Fall of Gondolin. Deaths of Turgon, Ecthelion, Glorfindel, Maeglin, and Gothmog.
Ereinion Gil-galad becomes High King of the Noldor.
511 Gondolin refugees arrive at the Havens of Sirion.
512 Maedhros learns that a Silmaril is at the Havens of Sirion, but forswears the Oath of Fëanor.
525 Eärendil weds Elwing. Tuor and Idril depart for Valinor.
527 The remaining Sons of FëanorMaedhros, Maglor, Amrod, and Amras – begin to feel tormented by their unfulfilled oath.
532 Births of Elrond and Elros.
534 Eärendil searches for Valinor.
538 Third Kinslaying at the Havens of Sirion. Deaths of Amrod and Amras. Elrond and Elros are taken captive by Maglor. Elwing escapes with the Silmaril into the Sea. Ulmo gives her the form of a white bird and she reunites with Eärendil aboard Vingilot.
540 Morgoth controls all of Beleriand.
542 Eärendil and Elwing come to Valinor and rally a great host.
545 The Host of Valinor lands in Beleriand.
587 The Destruction of Beleriand. Deaths of Ancalagon and Maedhros.
590 Morgoth is thrust from Arda. The Host of Valinor departs Middle-earth, with the exception of Eönwë.[1]


  1. One Year of the Trees is equal to 9.582 solar years.


Preceded by:
Years of the Trees up to Y.T. 1050
First Age
Y.T. 1050 - Y.S. 590
Followed by:
Second Age