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The Grey Annals

(Working on The Grey Annals page)

The War of the Jewels chapters
Part One: The Grey Annals
Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion
  1. Of Men
  2. Of the Siege of Angband
  3. Of Beleriand and its Realms
  4. Of Turgon and the Building of Gondolin
  5. Concerning the Dwarves
  6. Of the Coming of Men into the West
  7. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
  8. The Last Chapters
Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings
  1. The Wanderings of Húrin
  2. Ælfwine and Dírhaval
  3. Maeglin
  4. Of the Ents and the Eagles
  5. The Tale of Years
Part Four: Quendi and Eldar
Appendix: The legend of the Awaking of the Quendi

The Grey Annals, first part in The War of the Jewels book, is an account of the early events in Middle-earth, such as: the awakening of the Elves, the tale of Beren and the story of Túrin Turambar.

"Real-life development / comments on The Grey Annals"

  • CT's discussion of "AB 1", "AV 1", "AB 2", "AV 2".
  • There is some evidence that the Grey Annals followed the Annals of Aman (in its primary form), but the two works were, I feel certain, closely associated in time of composition.
  • Use by CT in development of The Silmarillion
  • GA abandoned at the death of Túrin (§349), - although, as will be seen subsequently (pp. 251 ff.), he added elements of a continuation at some later time.


§1 (paraphrased here by me) outlines what these are and who wrote them -> that these are the Annals of Beleriand <- made by the Sindar, Grey Elves of Doriath and the Havens, and from records and memories of those of the Noldor (from Nargothrond and Gondolin) who were at the Mouth of Sirion (towards end of First age if I interpret this correctly)

§2 discusses the origin of name "Beleriand", and description of lands given that name (i.e., what parts of Middle-earth is encompassed at what time)

(comments by me): The following table might be a helpful way to succinctly summarise the key events covered by the Grey Annals - Events and years sections might be somewhat similar to the Timeline but I think the "§s" might be quite helpful here, especially since most references of GA across the wiki have a § to refer to. (they also blue link to The Grey Annals page!)

An outline of the main events recorded in the Grey Annals
GA Sections Years Events
§3 - §35 VY 1050 - 1495
§36 - §52 VY 1497 - 1500
§53 - §86 YS 1 - 53
§87 - §116 YS 60 - 260
§117 - §144 YS 316 - 450
  • Isfin (later named Aredhel), sister of Turgon, wearies of Gondolin and departs; she strays into the abode of Ëol in Nan Elmoth and bears him a son, Maeglin (§119)
  • Isfin and Maeglin flee to Gondolin. Ëol follows them.
  • Deaths of Isfin and Ëol
  • Births of Bëor (§121), Haleth (§122), and Hador (§123)
  • Felagund discovers Bëor and Men (§124)
  • Birth of Barahir (§125)
  • Thingol denies entry into Doriath for all Men
  • Men of the Three Houses learn wisdom and craft of the Eldar
  • Birth of Beren (§139)
  • Births of Húrin (§141), Morwen (§142), Huor (§143), and Rían (§144)
  • Death of Bëor due to old age — the Eldar see mortal death for the first time (§144)
§145 - §174 YS 455 - 463
  • The Fell Year (YS 455) — Dagor Bragollach, Glaurung issues forth in full might, Ardgalen burnt and known as Anfauglith thereafter (§145)
  • Sauron transforms Minnas-tirith into Tol-in-Gaurhoth (§154)
  • Fingolfin faces Morgoth in single combat at Angband's gate (§155-6)
  • Death of Fingolfin (§157)
  • Barahir and the men of Dorthonion defend their home
  • Dorthonion turned into a region of dread, Taur-nu-Fuin by Morgoth (§158)
  • Húrin and Huor are brought to Gondolin by Thorondor, where they are welcomed warmly by Turgon (§161-2)
  • Húrin and Huor depart Gondolin, taking oaths to keep secret all they had seen in the realm (§163-6)
  • Deaths of Barahir and outlaws (all except Beren) (§167)
  • Beren retrieves the Ring of Felagund
  • Swarthy Men arrive into Beleriand from the East
§175 - § YS 464 -
  • Beren comes to Doriath and meets Lúthien
  • Beren and Lúthien fall in love
  • Thingol demands a Silmaril from Beren as the bride-price of Lúthien
§ - § YS 1 -
§ - § YS 1 -
§ - § YS 1 -
§ - § YS 1 -
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See also

Comments by me:

  • Heading names to change...