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The Great Years

3018-3019

and into 3021

begun by Varda-(Valar) April 30, 2017

Introduction
Arveleg-(V) was unable to complete the rest of his ambitious project, so the rest of the Valar Guild is pitching in.
Sources for the timeline must be from the books and mentioned here.

Key:
    H = Hobbit
    FotR = Fellowship of the Ring
    LotR= Lord of the Rings
    TT = Two Towers
    RotK = Return of the King
    UT = Unfinished Tales
    HOME wth a number refers to the numbered volumes of the Histories of Middle-earth.
    c. = circa. Latin for "around; approximately"

Years below in quotes come from Return of the King, Appendix B.  Additions and amendments come from other books with mentions of source.
Links go to articles or to indices of a group of articles.

Year
Event
3018

April 12
"Gandalf reaches Hobbiton."
June 20
"Sauron attacks Osgiliath."
"About the same time Thranduil is attacked and Gollum escapes."
July 4
"Boromir sets out from Minas Tirith."
July 10
"Gandalf imprisoned in Orthanc."
August
"All trace of Gollum is lost. It is thought that at about this time, being hunted both by the Elves and Sauron's servants, he took refuge in Moria, but when he had at last discovered the way to the West-gate, he could not get out."
September

Sept. 18
"Gandalf escapes from Orthanc in the early hours."
"The Black Riders cross the Ford of Isen."
Sept. 19
"Gandalf comes to Edoras as a beggar, and is refused admittance."
Sept. 20
"Gandalf gains entrance to Edoras. Théoden commands him to go. 'Take any horse, only be gone ere tomorrow is old!'"
Sept. 21
"Gandalf meets Shadowfax, but the horse will not allow him to come near. He follows Shadowfax far over the fields."
Sept. 22
"The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford at evening; they drive off the guard of Rangers."
"Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax."
Sept. 23
"Four Riders enter the Shire before dawn."
"The others pursue the Rangers eastward, and then return to watch the Greenway."
"A Black Rider comes to Hobbiton at nightfall."
"Frodo leaves Bag End."
"Gandalf having tamed Shadowfax rides from Rohan."
Sept. 24
"Gandalf crosses the Isen."
Sept. 26
"The Old Forest. Frodo comes to Bombadil."
Sept. 27
"Gandalf crosses Greyflood."
"Second night with Bombadil."
Sept. 28
"The Hobbits captured by a Barrow-wight."
"Gandalf reaches Sarn Ford."
Sept. 29
"Frodo reaches Bree at night."
"Gandalf visits the Gaffer."
Sept. 30
"Crickhollow and the Inn at Bree are raided in the early hours."
"Frodo leaves Bree."
"Gandalf comes to Crickhollow, and reaches Bree at night."
October

Oct. 1
"Gandalf leaves Bree."
Oct 3
"He is attacked at night on Weathertop."
Oct. 6
"The camp under Weathertop attacked at night on Weathertop. Frodo wounded."
Oct. 9
"Glorfindel leaves Rivendell."
Oct. 11
"He drives the Riders off the Bridge of Mitheithel."
Oct. 13
"Frodo crosses the Bridge."
Oct. 18
"Glorfindel finds Frodo at dusk."
"Gandalf reaches Rivendell."
Oct. 20
"Escape acoss the Ford of Bruinen."
Oct. 24
"Frodo recovers and wakes."
"Boromir arrives in Rivendell at night."
Oct. 25
"Council of Elrond."
December

Dec. 25
"The company of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk."
3019 January
S.R. 1419


Jan. 8
"The Company reach Hollin." sic
Jan. 11, 12
"Snow on Caradhras."
Jan. 13
"Attack by Wolves in the early hours."
"The Company reaches West-gate of Moria at nightfall."
"Gollum begins to trail the Ringbearer."
Jan. 14
"Night in Hall Twenty-one."
Jan. 15 "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm, and fall of Gandalf."
"The Comp reaches Nimrodel late at night."
Jan. 17
"The Company comes to Caras Galadhon at evening."
Jan. 23
"Gandalf pursues the Balrog to the peak of Zirakzigil."
Jan. 25
"He casts down the Balrog, and passes away. His body lies on the peak."
February

Feb. 14
"The Mirror of Galadriel."
"Gandalf returns to life, and lies in a trance."
Feb. 16
"Farewell to Lórien."
"Gollum in hiding observes the departure."
Feb. 17
"Gwaihir bears Gandalf to Lórien."
Feb. 23
"The boats are attacked at night near Sarn Gebir."
Feb. 25
"The Company pass the Argonath and camp at Parth Galen."
"First Battle of the Fords of Isen. Théodred son of Théoden slain."
Feb. 26
"Breaking of the Fellowship."
"Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith."
"Meriadoc and Peregrin captured."
"Frodo and Samwise enter the eastern Emyn Muil."
"Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orc-band from Emyn Muil."
Feb. 27
"Aragorn reaches the west-cliff at sunrise."
"Éomer against against Théoden's orders sets out from Eastfold about midnight to pursue the Orcs."
Feb. 28
"Éomer overtakes the Orcs just outside Fangorn Forest."
Feb. 29
"Meriadoc and Pippin escape and meet Treebeard."
"The Rohirrim attack at sunrise and destroy the Orcs."
"Frodo descends from the Emyn Muil and meets Gollum."
"Faramir sees the funeral boat of Boromir."
Feb. 30
"Entmoot begins."
"Éomer returning to Edoras meets Aragorn."
March

March 1
"Frodo begins the passage of the Dead Marshes at dawn."
"Entmoot continues."
"Aragorn meets Gandalf the White. They set out for Edoras."
"Faramir leaves Minas Tirith on an errand to Ithilien."
March 2
"Frodo comes to the end of the Marshes."
"Gandalf comes to Edoras and heals Théoden. The Rohirrim ride west against Saruman. Second Battle of Fords of Isen. Erkenbrand defeated."
"Entmoot ends in afternoon. The Ents march on Isengard and reach it at night."
March 3
"Théoden retreats to Helm's Deep. Battle of the Hornburg begins."
"Ents complete the destruction of Isengard."
March 4
"Théoden and Gandalf set out from Helm's Deep for Isengard."
"Frodo reaches the slag-mounds on the edge of the Desolation of the Morannon."
March 5
"Théoden reaches Isengard at noon. Parley with Saruman in Orthanc. Winged Nazgul passes over the camp at Dol Baran. Gandalf sets out with Peregrin for Minas Tirith."
"Frodo hides in sight of the Morannon, and leaves at dusk."
March 6
"Aragorn overtaken by the Dúnedain in the early hours. Théoden sets out from the Hornburg for Harrowdale. Aragorn sets out later."
March 7
"Frodo taken by Faramir to Henneth Annûn."
"Aragorn comes to Dunharrow at nightfall."
March 8
"Aragorn takes the 'Paths of the Dead' at daybreak. He reaches Erech at midnight."
"Frodo leaves Henneth Annûn."
Beacons.
March 9
"Gandalf reaches Minas Tirith."
"Faramir leaves Henneth Annûn."
"Aragorn sets out from Erech and comes to Calembel."
"At dusk Frodo reaches the Morgul-road."
"Théoden comes to Dunharrow."
"Darkness begins to flow out of Mordor."
March 10
"The Dawnless Day."
"The Muster of Rohan: the Rohirrim ride from Harrowdale."
"Faramir rescued by Gandalf outside the gates of the City."
"Aragorn crosses Ringló."
"An army from the Morannon takes Cair Andros and passes into Anórien."
"Frodo passes the Cross Roads, and sees the Morgul-host set forth."
March 11
"Gollum visits Shelob, but seeing Frodo asleep nearly repents."
"Denethor sends Faramir to Osgiliath."
"Aragorn reaches Linhir and and crosses into Lebennin."
"Eastern Rohan is invaded from the north."
"First assault on Lórien."
March 12
"Gollum leads Frodo into Shelob's lair."
"Faramir retreats to the Causeway Forts."
"Theóden camps under Minrimmon."
"Aragorn drives the enemy towards Pelargir."
"The Ents defeat the invaders of Rohan."
March 13
"Frood captured by the Orcs of Cirith Ungol."
"The Pelennor is overrun. Faramir is wounded."
"Aragorn reaches Pelargir and captures the fleet."
"Theóden in Drúadan Forest."
March 14
"Samwise finds Frodo in the Tower."
"Minas Tirith is besieged."
"The Rohirrim led by the Wild Men come to the Grey Wood."
March 15
"In the early hours the Witch-king breaks the Gates of the City. Denethor burns himself on a pyre."
"The horns of the Rohirrim are heard at cockcrow."
"Battle of the Pelennor.  Theoden is slain. Aragorn raises the standard of Arwen."
"Frodo and Samwise escape and begin their journey north along the Morgai."
"Battle under the trees in Mirkwood; Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur."
"Second assault on Lórien."
March 16
"Debate of the commanders."
"Frodo from the Morgai looks out over the camp to Mount Doom."
March 17
"Battle of Dale. Kng Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot fall. Many Dwarves and Men take refuge in Erebor and are besieged."
"Shagrat brings Frodo's cloak, mail-shirt, and sword to Barad-dûr."
March 18
"The Host of the West marches from Minas Tirith."
"Frodo comes in sight of the Isenmouthe; he is overtaken by Orcs on the road from Durthang to Udûn."
March 19
"The Host comes to Morgul-vale."
"Frodo and Samwise escape and begin their journey along the road to Barad-dûr."
March 22
"The dreadful nightfall."
"Frodo and Samwise leave the road and turn south to Mount Doom."
"Third assault on Lórien."
March 23
"The Host passes out of Ithilien. Aragorn dismisses the faint-hearted."
"Frodo and Samwise cast away their arms and gear."
March 24
"Frodo and Samwise make their last journey to the feet of Mount Doom."
"The Host camps in the Desolation of the Morannon."
March 25
"The Host is surrounded on the Slag-hills."
"Frodo and Samwise reach the Sammath Naur. Gollum seizes the Ring and falls in the Cracks of Doom."
"Downfall of Barad-dûr and passing of Sauron."


3019 continued
S.R. 1419 cont.
THE CHIEF DAYS FROM THE FALL OF BARAD-DUR TO THE END OF THE THIRD AGE
Months and days are given according to the Shire Calendar.
March 27
"Bard II and Thorin III Stonehelm drive the enemy from Dale."
March 28
"Celeborn crosses Anduin; destruction of Dol Guldur begun."


April 6
"Meeting of Celeborn and Thranduil."
April 8
"The Ring-bearers are honoured on on the Field of Cormallen."


May 1
"Crowning of King Elessar;"
"Elrond and Arwen set out from Rivendell."
May 8
"Éomer and Éowyn depart from Rohan with the sons of Elrond." Elladan and Elrohir are the sons of Elrond..
May 20
"Elrond and Arwen come to Lórien."
May 27
"The escort of Arwen leaves Lórien."


June 14
"The sons of Elrond meet the escort and bring Arwen to Edoras."
June 16
"They set out for Gondor."
June 25
"King Elessar finds the sapling of the White Tree."
1 Lithe
"Arwen comes to the City."
Mid-year's Day
"Wedding of Elessar and Arwen."


July 18
"Éomer returns to Minas Tirith."
July 19
"The funeral escort of King Théoden sets out."


August 7
"The escort comes to Edoras."
Aug. 10
"Funeral of King Théoden."
Aug. 14
"The guests take leave of King Éomer."
Aug. 18
"They come to Helm's Deep."
Aug. 22
"They come to Isengard; they take leave of the King of the West at sunset."
Aug. 28
"They overtake Saruman; Saruman turns towards the Shire."


September 6
"They halt in sight of the Mountains of Moria."
Sept. 13
"Celeborn and Galadriel depart, the others set out for Rivendell."
Sept. 21
"They return to Rivendell."
Sept. 22
"The hundred and twenty-ninth birthday of Bilbo."
"Saruman comes to the Shire."


October 5
"Gandalf and the Hobbits leave Rivendell."
Oct. 6
"They cross the Ford of Bruinen; Frodo feels the first return of pain."
Oct. 28
"They reach Bree at nightfall."
Oct. 30
"They leave Bree.  The 'Travelers' come to the Brandywine Bridge at dark."


November 1
"They are arrested at Frogmorton."
Nov. 2
"They come to Bywater and rouse the Shire-folk."
Nov. 3
"Battle of Bywater, and Passing of Saruman. End of the War of the Ring."


1320
S.R. 1420
THE GREAT YEAR OF PLENTY
March 13
"Frodo is taken ill (on the anniversary of his poisoning by Shelob)."
April 6
"The mallorn flowers on the Party Field."
May 1
"Samwise marries Rose."
Mid-year's Day
"Frodo resigns office of mayor, and Will Whitfoot is restored."
September 22
"Bilbo's hundred and thirtieth birthday."
October 6
"Frodo is again ill."


3021
S.R. 1421
THE LAST OF THE THIRD AGE
March 13
"Frodo is again ill." See year 3019: Frodo was captured by Orcs March 13.
March 25
"Birth of Elanor the Fair, daughter of Samwise."
"On this day the Fourth Age began in the reckoning of Gondor."
September 21
"Frodo and Samwise set out from Hobbiton."
Sept. 22
"The meet the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings in Woody End." Bilbo and Frodo's birthday.
Sept. 29
"They come to the Grey Havens. Frodo and Bilbo depart over Sea with the Three Keepers. The End of the Third Age."
October 6
"Samwise returns to Bag End."

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