A Time-Line of Tolkienís First Age:
Arda & Middle-earth
Themes of Creation
The First Theme of Eru
The Second Theme of Eru
in answer to the rebellion of Melkor
The Third Theme of Eru
The creation of Arda (The World)
Start of the History of Arda & the Valar
First war of Arda
Between the Valar & Melkor over the dominion of Arda. Brought to an end by Tulkas.
Spring of Arda
Lit by 2 lamps (Illuin & Ormal) fashioned by Aule.
Second war of Arda
Melkor attacks from his fortress of Utumno (the pit). Original shape of Arda destroyed. Dwelling place of the Valar on Arda (Almaren) destroyed, and the 2 lamps are cast down. Valar depart from Arda.
Creation of Valinor
Behind the walls of Pelori in Aman (westernmost land). Throne of Manwe set on the highest peak (Taniquetil). Lit by 2 trees made by Yavanna (Telperion & Laurelin). Beginning of the count of time.
Start of the History of Middle-earth & its Peoples
Creation of the dwarves
by Aule & the creation of trees by Yavanna
Coming of the elves
Third war of Arda
Seige of Utumno. The capture & binding of Melkor
Summoning of the Quendi to Valinor
First sundering of the elves
Freeing of Melkor
Fashioning of the Silmarilli
by Feanor. The greatest deed of making among the elves. An act of hubris. Becomes the root cause of evil becoming part of the existence of the elves. Three jewels whose substance was able to capture the light of the trees of Valinor.
Darkening of Valinor
Melkor & Ungoliant kill the two trees & steal the Silimarilli, then return to Middle-earth.
Rebellion of Feanor
The oath to recover the
Silimarilli & to kill Melkor (now called Morgoth). After fighting with them,
Feanor steals the ships of the Teleri and leads the Noldar back to
Start of Timekeeping of Middle-earth & its People
Year 1: First battle of the wars of Beleriand
Thingol's elves against an army of Orcs.
Hiding of Valinor
The Valar take a lesser role in the history of Middle-earth. Placing of the sun & moon over Middle-earth (keeping Morgoth in check).
Second battle of the wars of Beleriand
Army of orcs attack Feanor's elves in the land of Hithlum. Feanor is killed.
Year 55: Third battle of the wars of Beleriand
Army of orcs against the elves of Fingolfin & Maedhros.
Called Dagor Aglareb (the Glorious Battle).
Seige of Angband
The northern fortress of Morgoth (goes on for 400 years).
Founding of Gondolin
Year 455: Fourth battle of the wars of Beleriand
Attack of Morgoth using fire and dragons. End of the siege of Angband. Fight between Fingolfin (who dies) and Morgoth (who is wounded and scarred ever after).
Year 463: Recovery of one of the Silmarilli
by Beren & Luthien.
Year 470: Fifth battle of the wars of Beleriand
Failed assault on Morgoth's fortress.
Called Nirnaeth Arnoediad (the Battle of Unnumbered Tears).
Year 502: Recovered Silmarilli lost & recovered again
Year 555: Birth of Elrond
Son of Earendil & Elwing.
Year 570: Recovered Silmarilli set in the sky
by Elbereth, after having been brought to the Valar by Earendil.
Year 572: Final Battle of the wars of Beleriand
Defeat of Morgoth through the intervention of the Valar. Devastation of Beleriand. Called The Great Battle or The War of Wrath.
Recovery of two of the Silimarilli by the Valar (the third had been set in the sky by Elbereth). Stolen by Maedros & Maglor to fulfill the oath of Feanor. Not being able to hold on to the jewels, Maedros casts his into a deep chasm of the earth, while Maedros casts his into the sea.
PJS [rev. 7/06]