|History of Arda|
|Timeline of Arda|
The Years of the Trees were the second of the three great time periods in Arda that followed the Years of the Lamps and preceded the Years of the Sun. They was known to be comprised of several Ages and lasted in total around 1500 Valian Years or 14,373 solar years. The final third of the Years of the Trees marked the start of the First Age of Arda when the Children of Ilúvatar became active in Middle-earth.
Shortly after the destruction of the Two Lamps, Yavanna made the Two Trees, named Telperion and Laurelin in the land of Aman, where the Valar now lived. The Trees illuminated Aman, leaving Middle-earth in darkness, save the light of the stars.
The Elves awoke in Cuiviénen in the middle of Middle-earth, and were soon approached by Oromë of the Valar and by Melkor. Many, though not all, of the Elves were persuaded to go with Oromë on the Great Journey westwards towards Aman. Along the journey several groups of Elves tarried, notably the Nandor and the Sindar. The three clans that arrived at Aman were the Vanyar, Ñoldor, and the Teleri.
The Valar had captured Melkor and placed him in chains in Aman. After he appeared to repent and was released, he sowed great discord among the Elves, and stirred up rivalry between the Ñoldorin King Finwë's two sons Fëanor and Fingolfin. With the help of Ungoliant, he slew Finwë and stole the Silmarils, three gems crafted by Feänor that contained light of the Two Trees, from his vault, and destroyed the Trees of the Valar themselves.
Bitter at the Valar's inactivity, Feänor and his house left to pursue Melkor, cursing him with the name 'Morgoth'. A larger host, following Fingolfin, followed. They reached the Teleri's port-city, Alqualondë, and were forbidden to use the Teleri's boats to get to Middle-earth. The first Kinslaying thus ensued. A curse was then put on the house of the Ñoldor forever by Mandos.
Feänor's host sailed on the boats, leaving Fingolfin's behind — who crossed over to Middle-earth on the Helcaraxë in the far north, losing many.
|1||Yavanna creates the Two Trees amidst Ezellohar in Valinor, to give new light to Arda. With Telperion's first blooming the new count of time begins.
|1000||The Valar hold council, for Yavanna and Oromë report that Melkor might rise once more in power.
They discuss the Children of Ilúvatar.
Varda begins to fashion new stars, and organize them and those already wrought into constellations, over the next fifty years.
|1050||Varda forms the Valacirca.
The first 144 Elves (Minyar, Tatyar and Nelyar) awake in Cuiviénen.
Melian travels to Beleriand after ascending Taniquetil to see the stars.
|1085||Oromë discovers the Elves, and calls them Eldar. The Eldar are afraid of Oromë, and blame him for Melkor's work.|
|1086||Oromë rides back to Valinor and brings message to the Valar. Oromë returns to Middle-earth to stay with the Elves.|
|1090||Manwë resolves to make a great war upon Melkor.
Over the next two years Melkor is defeated by the Valar and flees into Utumno.
|1092||The Valar pass and begin the long Siege of Utumno.|
|1099||The Siege of Utumno ends. Tulkas captures Melkor with Angainor.|
|1100||Utumnno is completely destroyed. Sauron evades his master's condemnation and hides in Angband.
|1101||The Valar summon the Elves through Oromë.|
|1102||The Elves refuse to leave Middle-earth.
|1104||Ambassadors return to Cuiviénen and invite the Elves to return with them to Valinor.|
|1105||The first Sundering of the Elves: Vanyar under Ingwë, Noldor under Finwë, and Teleri under Elwë and Olwë. Avari, under Morwë and Nurwë, stay in Cuiviénen.|
|1115||Second Sundering of the Elves: The host pass Greenwood the Great and come to the River Anduin. Some Lindar wish to stay there. Terrified by the Hithaeglir, a part of them go south led by Lenwë.|
|1125||The Vanyar and Ñoldor arrive in Beleriand.|
|1128||The host of the Teleri arrive in Beleriand.|
|1130||Elwë is lost in Nan Elmoth and finds Melian the Maia.|
|1132||Ulmo brings an island, and the Vanyar and Ñoldor sailed through it.
The Teleri seek for the lost Elwë.
|1133||The Vanyar and Ñoldor arrive in Aman.
The Elves begin the building of Tirion on the hill Túna inside Calacirya.
|1140||Tirion is completed.
The Vanyar travel closer to Valinor.
|1142||Yavanna gives the tree Galathilion to the Ñoldor.|
|1149||Finwë urges Ulmo to bring the Teleri to Aman.
Ossë persuades the Teleri to stay with him and teaches them shipcraft.
|1150||The kinsfolk of Elwë are left behind, calling themselves "Eglath", the Forsaken People.
Olwë and the most part of the Teleri leave Beleriand.
|1151||Olwë and his people are called the Falmari upon staying in Tol Eressëa.|
|1152||Elwë wakes from his trance and dwells with Melian in the forests of Beleriand. He is later called Elu Thingol and rules over the Sindar.|
|1161||The construction of the Falmari's Alqualondë begins with the help of Finwë and the Ñoldor.|
|1165||The last of the Vanyar leave Tirion.
The Ñoldor strengthen their friendship with the Falmari.
|1169||Fëanor born son of Finwë and Míriel.
The Noldor are taught by Aulë labouring and love the jewels.
|1170||Death of Míriel.|
Doom of Manwë concerning the espousals of the Eldar.
|1185||Finwë weds Indis.|
|1190||Fingolfin second son of Finwë born.|
|1200||Second Age of Chaining of Melkor
|1230||Finarfin third son of Finwë born.|
|1250||Fëanor devises new letters, called Tengwar.
|1280||Finarfin weds Eärwen daughter of Olwë.|
|1300||Turgon son of Fingolfin born.
Finrod son of Finarfin born.
|1320||Orcs first appear in Beleriand. Dwarves make weapons for the Sindar.|
|1350||Denethor and the Nandor befriend Thingol and the Sindar.|
|1400||Melkor sues for pardon and is released from the duress of Mandos.|
|1410||Melkor dwells in Valmar and befriends the Ñoldor.|
|1449||Fëanor begins the making of the Silmarils.|
|1450||The Silmarils are made and Varda hallows them.|
|1469||Idril daughter of Turgon born.|
|1450 to 1490||Melkor spreads lies among the Ñoldor.|
|1490||The Valar summon Fëanor who threatens Fingolfin with his sword. They exile him to Formenos and Finwë follows.|
|1492||Melkor appears before the doors of Fëanor and is rejected. He departs Formenos and meets Ungoliant.|
|1495||Ungoliant destroys the Two Trees of Valinor.
Melkor slays Finwë in Formenos and steals the Silmarils.
Fëanor rebels against the Valar and arrives in Alqualondë, demanding their swanships.
The Flight of the Ñoldor begins.
|1496||Mandos appears before the Ñoldor and Doom of Mandos.
Finarfin and some of the Vanyar repent and head back to Valinor. His children, however, continue to follow Fëanor.
|1497||Girdle of Melian set in Doriath.
The arrival of the Ñoldor at Helcaraxë and betrayal of Fëanor and his people to Fingolfin.
Death of Amras son of Fëanor.
Dagor-nuin-Giliath is fought.
Fëanor is wounded by Gothmog and dies.
Maedhros meets with Melkor and is captured.
|1498||Maedhros is chained on Thangorodrim.|
|1500||Creation of Moon and Sun.
Fingolfin and his people cross the Helcaraxë and enter Beleriand.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Jaar van die Bome|
|Albanian||Vitet e Pemëve|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Гады дрэў|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Години на дърветата|
|Catalan||Anys dels Arbres|
|Cebuano||Mga tuig sa mga Kahoy|
|Danish||År af Træer|
|Dutch||Jaren van de Bomen|
|Esperanto||Jaroj de la Arboj|
|Filipino||Taon ng mga puno|
|French||Âge des Arbres|
|Frisian||Jierren fan de Beammen|
|Galician||Anos das Árbores|
|German||Jahre der Bäume|
|Greek||Χρόνια των Δέντρων|
|Haitian Creole||Ane de la Pyebwa|
|Hausa||Shekaru na Bishiyoyi|
|Hebrew||שנים של עצים|
|Hindi||साल के पेड़ों के|
|Hmong||Xyoo ntawm tus ntoo|
|Hungarian||A Fák Évei|
|Icelandic||Ár af trjánum|
|Irish Gaelic||Blianta de na Crainn|
|Italian||Anni degli Alberi|
|Javanese||Taun saka wit|
|Kazakh||Ағаштардың дәуірі (Cyrillic) Ağaştardıñ däwiri (Latin)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Дарактардын доору|
|Latin||Annis de lignum|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Години на Дрвја|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Моддын жил|
|Norwegian||År av trærne|
|Pashto||د ونو د کاله|
|Persian||دوران دو درخت|
|Portuguese||Anos das árvores|
|Punjabi||ਰੁੱਖ ਦੇ ਸਾਲ|
|Romanian||Ani de copaci|
|Samoan||Tausaga o le Laau|
|Scottish Gaelic||Bliadhna de na Craobhan|
|Serbian||Година дрвећа (Cyrillic) Godina od stabala (Latin)|
|Sesotho||Lilemo tsa lifate|
|Sindhi||هن وڻ جو سال|
|Spanish||Edades de los Árboles|
|Swahili||Miaka ya Miti|
|Swedish||År av träden|
|Tahitian||Te matahiti o te mau tumu raau|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Сол дарахтон|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||роки дерев|
|Urdu||درختوں کی سالانہ|
|Uzbek||дарахтлар Йил (Cyrillic) daraxtlar Yil (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Năm của các cây|
|Welsh||Blynyddoedd y Coed|
|Yoruba||Ọdun ti awọn Igi|
|Yiddish||יאָרן פון די ביימער|
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The Second Phase, II: "The Earliest Version of the Story of Finwë and Míriel"
- "Commentary on the fourth section of the Annals of Aman"