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Year Events
1 The Sun first sets sail.

Awakening of Men in Hildórien.


Fingolfin's host completes crossing of Helcaraxë.

20 A council is held among the elven lords at the Mereth Aderthad.
50 Turgon and Finrod are told by Ulmo to establish a refuge. This refuge became Gondolin.
52 Finrod discovers the caves of Nargothrond
53 Turgon discovers valley of Tumladen.
60 Dagor Aglareb (Glorious Battle) is fought.

The Ñoldor, ruled by Fingolfin, the start Siege of Angband.

c. 60 to 200 Melkor is absent from Angband, after discovering Men. Persuaded by Melkor, Men stop worshiping Eru Ilúvatar and turn to evil, but some revolt: the Atanatári. These travel to the West in search for the Valar, aided by Avari Elves and Dwarves. (According to legend, Men now lose the gift to die at will as the result of divine punishment, and are doomed to lead short life-spans at the end of which death takes them by force.) Not true, According to The Silmarillion, based on Tolken's notes, Men were intentionally created with shorter life spans because the life span of Elves were unending.
64 Turgon begins building Gondolin.
65 Finrod builds the tower of Barad Nimras ("White Horn Tower") on a cape of the Falas between Brithombar and Eglarest.
c. 102 Founding of Nargothrond.

Fingon's folk depart from Hithlum

116 Completion of Gondolin. Turgon's people begin the migration from Nevrast in secret.
150 The Dwarves renew their trade in Beleriand.
155 An assault upon Hithlum from the Firth of Drengist is defeated by Fingolfin's forces.
260 Glaurung ravages Ard-galen, but is driven back to Angband.

The Long Peace begins.

305 Bëor leads The First House of the Edain into Beleriand.

Men discovered by Finrod.

FA 320 Maeglin is born in Nan Elmoth
341 Haldar and Haleth born.
345 Return of Aredhel and Maeglin to Gondolin. Later that year Eöl and Aredhel die.
361 Andreth, the daughter of Boromir son of Boron is born.
389 Birth of Hador, later Lord of Dor-lómin.
432 Birth of Beren Erchamion.
c. 455 Birth of Ereinion (later called Gil-galad), son of Orodreth.
455 Morgoth breaks the Siege of Angband in Dagor Bragollach and kills Fingolfin in a duel.

Fingolfin's son Fingon succeeds his father as High King of the Ñoldor.


Húrin and Huor are brought to Gondolin by Thorondor.

456 Húrin and Huor return out of Gondolin to Dor-lómin.
457 Capture of Finrod's fortress of Minas Tirith by the forces of Sauron. Finrod's nephew Orodreth flees for Nargothrond.

Minas Tirith is renamed Tol-in-Gaurhoth, Isle of the Werewolves.

460 Barahir and companions are betrayed and killed.

Beren becomes the sole outlaw in Dorthonion.

464 Birth of Túrin Turambar in Dor-lómin.

Beren departs for Doriath and first comes upon Lúthien.

465 Celegorm and Curufin are exiled from Nargothrond and journey to Himring.

Finrod and Beren are imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth.


Finrod is slain by a werewolf, but Beren is rescued by Lúthien.

466 Beren and Lúthien achieve the Quest of the Silmaril.

Beren dies, and Lúthien abandons life. Lúthien pleads with Mandos and Beren and Lúthien are restored to life.


Beren and Lúthien take up bodies again in Ossiriand on the isle of Tol Galen.

469 Beren and Lúthien return to life in Middle-earth. Lalaith, sister of Turin dies of the plague.
471 Birth of Tuor, son of Huor.
472 Siege and capture of the Havens of the Falas: Brithombar and Eglarest.

The Nirnaeth Arnoediad is fought.


Deaths of Huor and Fingon,


Húrin is captured by Morgoth.

c. 473 Birth of Nienor.

Death of Rían.

475 Birth of Dior Eluchíl on Tol Galen.
490 Death of Beleg.

Gurthang is reforged for Túrin, who becomes known as the Black Sword of Nargothrond, or Mormegil.

499 Death of Túrin and Nienor.
495 The Battle of Tumhalad and Sack of Nargothrond.

The coming of Tuor to Gondolin.

497 Dior weds Nimloth.
499 Slaying of Glaurung.

Deaths of Túrin Turambar and Nienor Níniel in Brethil.

500 Birth of Elwing, daughter of Dior.
c. 501 Death of Morwen.
502 Thingol is slain and Doriath sacked by Dwarves of Nogrod.

Beren, Laiquendi and Ents destroy the Dwarves.


Melian returns to Valinor in grief.


Lúthien wears the Silmaril.


Dior refounds Doriath.

c. 503 Final deaths of Beren and Lúthien.

Dior receives the Silmaril


Death of Húrin.

c. 504 Birth of Eärendil, son of Idril and Tuor.
505 Doriath is destroyed in the Second Kinslaying.

Dior, Nimloth, and sons are killed.


Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir are all slain.


Elwing escapes for the Mouths of Sirion with the Silmaril.

510 Gondolin is betrayed by Maeglin and sacked.

Deaths of Gothmog, Turgon, Glorfindel, Ecthelion, and Maeglin

530 Eärendil weds Elwing.
532 Elrond and Elros are born to Eärendil and Elwing.
538 Third Kinslaying: while Eärendil is away the remaining Sons of Fëanor attack the people of the Mouths of Sirion trying to claim the Silmaril.

Amrod is slain.


Elwing casts herself in the sea but is brought to Eärendil by Ulmo


Eärendil sets out to Valinor to beg for rescue by the Valar.


Maglor begins raising Elrond and Elros.

545 to 587 The War of Wrath.

Morgoth is cast into the Void.


Most of Beleriand is sunk.


The Sea of Helcar is drained through the Great Gulf.


The plateaus of Mordor, Khand, and Rhûn rise from the former seabed.


The remaining two Silmarils are stolen by Maedhros and Maglor but are lost in the earth and in the sea.


The elves are summoned to Valinor and settle on Tol Eressëa.


Galadriel refuses the summons and is still banned.


A small part of the Ñoldor remain in Lindon.


Many Sindar depart east and establish realms, under Oropher.

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