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History of Arda

Ainulindalë

Valian Years

Years of the Lamps
Years of the Trees

Years of the Sun

Ages of Arda

First Age
Second Age
Third Age
Fourth Age

Dagor Dagorath

Timeline of Arda

The Years of the Lamps, also known as the Spring of Arda, were the first of the three great time periods in Arda. They were part of the Valian Years.

History

The Elder Days, by Bmosig

When the Valar entered Arda, they found it flat and lifeless, without distinct geographical features. The initial shape of Arda, chosen by the Valar, was of a symmetrical continent. Needing luminance, the Valar found and collected the misty light veiled on the barren ground. The Valar concentrated this light into two large lamps, Illuin and Ormal. Then the Vala Aulë forged great towers: one in the north, Helcar, and another in the south, Ringil - and the world was lit by the two lamps, positioned upon the towers in the north and south, one in the continents, the other in the oceans. The Valar dwelt in the middle of the world where the light of the lamps mingled, at the island of Almaren in the middle of a Great Lake. But Almaren was not the only kingdom built in this time. Far to the north, the evil Maia spirits gathered and Melkor entered Arda.

In secret, while the Valar rested from their labours, Melkor raised the vast Iron Mountains and built his fortress Utumno. The era of the lamps came to an end when Melkor assailed and destroyed the Two Lamps and Arda was again darkened, and the lamps' fall spoiled the perfect symmetry of Arda's surface. Afterwards four main continents were created: Aman in the far West, Middle-earth in the middle, Land of the Sun in the far East, and the Dark Land in the far South. The site of the northern lamp later became the inland Sea of Helcar, of which Cuiviénen was a bay. Afterwards, the Valar settled in Aman and created the Two Trees, beginning the Years of the Trees.

The Years of the Lamps and Spring of Arda lasted for 1600 Valian Years in total, or 15,331 solar years.

Timeline

Year Events
VY 1 After the Ainulindalë the Ainur enter .

Creation of the elder stars by Varda.


The First War of the Valar against Melkor begins. Arda is marred.

1500 Tulkas enters Arda. Melkor runs from him and hides in the Outer Void.

The First War ends.

1900 The Valar settle at Almaren and create the Two Lamps, Illuin and Ormal.

The Spring of Arda begins: the first plants and forests grow, and animals are awakened.

3400 Manwë ordains a great feast, at which Tulkas weds Nessa

Melkor passes over the Walls of the Night and returns to Arda, raising the Iron Mountains and delving Utumno.


The rebel Maiar enter Arda following the summons of Melkor, including Sauron and the Balrogs.

3450 Melkor overthrows the Two Lamps, and Almaren is destroyed.

The Spring of Arda ends. Yavanna sets most living things into the Sleep.

3500 The Valar settle in Valinor in the West, raising the Pelóri, while Melkor rules Middle-earth.

Yavanna creates the Two Trees of Valinor on Ezellohar in Valinor, to give new light to Arda. The Years of the Trees begin.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Jare van die Lampe
Albanian Vitet të llambave
Amharic መብራቶቹን ዓመታት
Arabic سنوات المصابيح
Armenian Տարիների ընթացքում լամպեր
Azerbaijani Lampalar İllər
Basque Lanparen urteak
Belarusian Cyrillic Года лямпаў
Bengali আলো বছর
Bosnian Godinama lampe
Bulgarian Cyrillic години на лампите
Cambodian ឆ្នាំនៃការចង្កៀងនេះ
Catalan Any de les Làmpades
Cebuano Mga tuig sa mga lampara
Chinese 多年的灯具
Corsican Anni di u Lampi
Croatian Godina svjetiljki
Czech Roky lamp
Danish Lamperne årene
Dutch Jaar van de Lampen
Esperanto Jaroj de la Lampoj
Estonian Aasta Lambid
Fijian Na yabaki ni cina
Filipino Taon ng Lampara
Finnish Vuosia lamppuja
French Années des Lampes
Frisian Jierren fan de Lampen
Galician Anos das Lámpadas
Georgian სანათების წლები
German Zeitalter vor den Tagen
Greek Έτη των Φανών
Gujarati લેમ્પના વર્ષો
Haitian Creole Ane nan lanp yo
Hawaiian Makahiki o na kukui
Hebrew שנים של המנורות
Hindi दीपक का साल
Hungarian A Lámpások kora
Icelandic Ár af lampanna
Indonesian Tahun lampu
Irish Gaelic Bliain de na Lampaí
Italian Anni delle Lampade
Japanese 灯火の時代
Kannada ಲ್ಯಾಂಪ್ಸ್ ವರ್ಷಗಳ
Kazakh Жылдар шамдары (Cyrillic) Jıldar şamdarı (Latin)
Korean 램프의 해
Kurdish Salan ji Qendîlên (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Чырактарынын Жылдар
Laotian ປີໂຄມໄຟ
Latvian Gadi Lukturu
Lithuanian Metų žibintų
Luxembourgish Joer vum Luuchte
Macedonian Cyrillic Години од Лампи
Malagasy Taona ny lela fanaovan-jiro ?
Malaysian Tahun daripada Lampu
Maltese Snin tal-lampi
Marathi दिवे वर्षे
Mongolian Cyrillic Чийдэн жил
Nepalese बत्तीहरू बर्ष
Norwegian Lamper år
Pashto څراغونه کلونه
Persian سال‌های فانوس‌ها
Polish Era Latarń
Portuguese Anos de Lâmpadas
Punjabi ਲੈਂਪ ਸਾਲ
Romanian Anii Lămpilor
Russian Эпоха Светильников
Serbian Године лампе (Cyrillic) Godine lampe (Latin)
Sesotho Lilemo tsa mabone
Sindhi جي چٽڻ جو سال
Sinhalese ලාම්පු අවුරුදු
Slovak Roky lamp
Slovenian Letih svetilk
Spanish Edad de las Lámparas
Sundanese Taun ti lampu
Swahili Miaka ya Taa
Swedish Lamporna år
Tahitian Te matahiti o te mau lamepa
Tajik Cyrillic Сол аз чароғҳои
Tamil விளக்குகள் ஆண்டுகள்
Tatar Лампалар еллары
Telugu దీపాలు సంవత్సరాల
Thai ยุคแห่งชวาลา
Turkish Lambalar Çağı
Turkmen Çyra Ýyllary
Ukrainian Cyrillic Роки Ламп
Urdu لیمپ کی سال
Uzbek Йоритгичлар ва лампалар йил (Cyrillic) Yoritgichlar va lampalar yil (Latin)
Vietnamese tuổi của các loại đèn
Welsh Blynyddoedd y Lampiau
Xhosa Zeminyaka ye Izibane
Yiddish יאר פון די לאַמפּס

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