Timeline/Years of the Trees

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The Years of the Trees[edit | edit source]

All dates in this section are approximate. Calculated solar years for the Years of Trees are rounded to the nearest year.[Note 1]
Years of the Trees
Y.T. Y.S. 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. The First Age begins.
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 and binds 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.
After learning of the departure of the Vanyar and Noldor, Olwë leads some Teleri to the western shores where they meet Ossë and Uinen.
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 the 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 of the Falathrim 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 Teleri 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 The Vanyar depart from Tirion to live in Taniquetil with the Valar. The Noldor and Teleri remain in Tirion and the surrounding areas.
1169 11,201 Birth of Fëanor, son of Finwë and Míriel. Aulë teaches the Noldor smithying and mining. Rúmil of Tirion makes the Sarati and possibly writes the Ainulindalë.
1170 11,211 Death of Míriel Serindë.
1182 11,230 The Doom of Manwë is proclaimed. Finwë is allowed to marry again.
1185 11,355 Finwë weds Indis of the Vanyar.
1190 11,403 Birth of Fingolfin in Valinor.
1200 11,498 Second Age of the Chaining of Melkor. Birth of Lúthien in Neldoreth.
1230 11,786 Birth of Finarfin in Valinor.
1250 11,978 Fëanor creates the Tengwar.
Dwarves, known to the Elves as Naugrim, 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 the Sindar begin the building of Menegroth in Doriath. The 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 west 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 is 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 urging 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 Formenos, but he repels him. Finwë then warns the Valar, who pursue Melkor. Melkor flees and finds Ungoliant in Avathar.
1495 14,325 Fëanor is summoned by Manwë to Taniquetil where he and Fingolfin reconcile. Ungoliant destroys the Two Trees. Melkor kills Finwë in Formenos and steals the Silmarils. Fëanor names him Morgoth. He and his sons swear the Oath of Fëanor. They begin a rebellion of the Noldor against the Valar and go to Alqualondë where they slay the Teleri and steal their swanships. This begins the Flight of the Noldor.
Melkor and Ungoliant flee to Beleriand where Ungoliant threatens him. Melkor calls Balrogs to his aid and they drive Ungoliant away. Melkor, now known as Morgoth, stays in Angband and raises the peaks of Thangorodrim.
1496 14,335 Mandos appears before the Noldor and speaks the Doom of Mandos. Finarfin and some of his people repent and return to Valinor. Finrod, son of Finarfin, becomes the leader of his father's remaining people and they follow Fëanor.
1497 14,344 The First Battle of Beleriand. Death of Denethor. Besiegement of the Havens of the Falas. Thingol withdraws his people and Melian sets the Girdle of Melian around Doriath. The Laiquendi become hidden and take no other king.

The Noldor arrive at the Helcaraxë. Fëanor and his people betray Fingolfin and sail to Beleriand. Burning of the ships at Losgar. The Dagor-nuin-Giliath ("Battle-under-Stars"). Gothmog mortally wounds Fëanor, who is rescued by his sons before dying near Thangorodrim. Maedhros meets with Morgoth under a false truce and is captured.

1498 14,354 Maedhros is chained to the Thangorodrim. The Noldor make a great camp at Mithrim.
1500 14,373 The Creation of the Moon and the Sun. The host of the Noldor, led by Fingolfin, finishes crossing the Helcaraxë and enters Beleriand. The Battle of the Lammoth and death of Argon. The Moon rises seven times, after which the Sun follows. The First Age continues.

Note[edit | edit source]

  1. One Valian Year is equal to 9.582 solar years.

Preceded by:
Days before days
Years of the Trees
Y.T. 1 - 1500
Followed by:
First Age (since Y.T. 1050)