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The Second Age of the Children of Ilúvatar and of the Sun

begun by Varda-(Valar) January 17, 2016

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 currently come from Return of the King, Appendix B, to be added to or amended from other books with mentions of this.

Year
Event
1
"Foundations of the Grey Havens, and of Lindon."
32
"The Edain reach Númenor."
c. 40
"Many Dwarves leaving their old cities in Ered Luin go to Moria and swell its numbers."
442
"Death of Elros Tar-Minyatur."
c. 500
"Sauron begins to stir again in Middle-earth."
548
"Birth in Númenor of Silmariën." This is important in the line of Aragorn II.750
600
"The first ships of the Númenoreans appear off the coasts" of Middle-earth. Numenorean is Westronized (used in RotK) from Quenya Númenórean (used in the Sil).
750
"Eregion founded by the Noldor." Eregion is called Hollin in Westron (RotK).
c. 1000
"Sauron, alarmed by the growing power of the Númenoreans, chooses Mordor to make into a land to make into a stronghold. He begins the building of Barad-dûr."
1075
"Tar-Ancalimë becomes the first ruling queen of Númenor."
1200
"Sauron endeavours to seduce the Eldar. Gil-galad refuses to treat with him; but the smiths of Eregion are won over."
"The Numenoreans begin to make permanent havens."
c. 1500
"The Elven-smiths instructed by Sauron reach the height of their skill. They begin the forging of the Rings of Power."
c. 1590
"The Three Rings are completed in Eregion."
c. 1600
"Sauron forges the One Ring in Orodruin. He completes the Barad-dûr."
"Celebrimbor perceives the designs of Sauron."
1693
"War of the Elves and Sauron begins. The Three Rings are hidden."
1695
"Sauron's forces invade Eriador."
"Gil-galad sends Elrond to Eregion."
1697
"Eregion laid waste.
Death of Celebrimbor.
The gates of Moria are shut.
Elrond retreats with the remnant of the Noldor and founds the refuge of Imladris." Imladris is called Rivendell in Westron (LotR).
1699
 "Sauron overruns Eriador."
1700
"Tar-Minastir sends a great navy from Númenor to Lindon. Sauron is defeated."
1701
"Sauron is driven out of Eriador. The Westlands have peace for a long while."
c. 1800
"From about this time onward, the Númenoreans begin to establish dominions on the coasts.
Sauron extends his power eastwards.
The shadow falls on Númenor."
2251
"Tar-Atanamir takes the sceptre. Rebellion and division of the Númenoreans begins.
About this time, the Nazgúl or Ringwraiths, slaves of the Nine Rings, first appear."
2280
"Umbar is made into a great fortress of Númenor."
2350
"Pelargir is built. It becomes the chief haven of the Faithful Númenoreans."
2899
"Ar-Adúnakhôr takes the sceptre."
3175
"Repentence of Tar-Palantir. Civil war in Númenor."
3255
"Ar-Pharazôn the Golden seizes the sceptre."
3261
"Ar-Pharazôn sets sail and lands at Umbar."
3262
"Sauron is taken prisoner to Númenor."
3262-3310
"Sauron seduces the King and corrupts the Númenoreans."
3310
"Ar-Pharazôn begins the building of the Great Armament."
3319
"Ar-Pharazôn assails Valinor. Downfall of Númenor. Elendil and his sons escape."
3320
"Foundations of the Realms in Exile: Arnor and Gondor. The Stones are divided.
Sauron returns to Mordor."
3429
"Sauron attacks Gondor, takes Minas Ithil and burns the White Tree.
Isildur escapes down Anduin and goes to Elendil in the North.
Anárion defends Minas Anor and Osgiliath."
3430
"The Last Alliance of Men and Elves is formed."
3431
"Gil-galad and Elendil march east to Imladris."
3434
"The Host of the Alliance marches across the Misty Mountains.
Battle of Dagorlad and defeat of Sauron.
Siege of Barad-dûr begins."
3440
"Anárion slain."
3441
"Sauron overthrown by Elendil and Gil-galad, who perish.
Isildur takes the One Ring.
Sauron passes away and the Ringwraiths go into the shadows.
The Second Age Ends."

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