The Timeline of the Third Age of Tolkien's World

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This Tolkien-quiz deals only with the Chronology of the Third Age of the Children of Ilúvatar in Middle-Earth.
Datas are taken from the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings.
This quiz is presumably one of the hardest concerning Tolkien and it's only manageable if you have read the Appendices very carefully.
Mark the answer with the correct year in which the depicted events happened.

  • 1
    How many years is Arwen older than Aragorn?
  • 2
    Death of Earendur, tenth High King of Arnor, and Division of Arnor into Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur.
  • 3
    Hyarmendacil, 14th High King of Gondor, conquers the Harad. Gondor reaches the height of its power. About this time a shadow falls on Greenwood the Great, and men begin to call it Mirkwood.

  • 4
    The civil war of the Kin-strife in Gondor peaks the burning of Osgiliath and the loss of the Palantír. Eldacar, 19th High King of Gondor, flees to Rhovanion; his son Ornendil is murdered.
  • 5
    Many Periannath migrate from Bree, and are granted land beyond Baranduin by Argeleb II, tenth King of Arthedain. The Fallohide brothers Marcho and Blancho cross the Brandywine.
  • 6
    The Great Plague devastates Gondor. Death of Telemnar, 23rd High King of Gondor and his children. The White Tree dies in Minas Anor.

  • 7
    Ondoher, 28th High King of Gondor, falls in battle with the Wainriders. Earnil defeats the enemy in South Ithilien. He then wins the Battle of the Camp, and drives Wainriders into the Dead Marshes.
  • 8
    One year after the end of the North-Kingdom, Arvedui, the 15th and Last King of Arthedain, drowns in the Bay of Forochel. Earnil, 29th High King of Gondor, brings a fleet to Lindon. The Witch-king is defeated at the Battle of Fornost, and pursued to the Ettenmoors. He vanishes from the North.
  • 9
    Durin VI, King of the Longbeards and, in the following year, his son, Naín I, are slain by a Balrog in Moria. The Dwarves flee from Moria.
  • 10
    Thráin I comes to Erebor and founds a dwarf-kingdom „under the Mountain“.

  • 11
    Besieged by the Nazgûl for two years, Minas Ithil falls, afterwards known as Minas Morgul. The palantír is captured.
  • 12
    Earnur, 30th and Last High King of Gondor, is challenged by the Witch-king again. He rides to Minas Morgul and is lost. Mardil becomes the first Ruling Steward.
  • 13
    In which timespan did the Watchful Peace come to pass?
  • 14
    In this time many dwarves of the Erebor dwell in the Ered Mithrin, led there by Thorin I, King of the Longbeards, with the Arkenstone, and led back by Thrór, after Dáin I is slain by a Cold-dragon.
  • 15
    The White Council is formed 2463. About this time Déagol the Stoor finds the One Ring, and is murdered by Sméagol. How many years had Gollum the Ring?
  • 16
    1977: Frumgar leads the Éothéod into the North, to the springs of Anduin. How many years did they dwell there, until Cirion, twelfth Ruling Steward of Gondor, grants them the land of Calenardhon, they settle there and Eorl the Young becomes the First King of the Mark?

  • 17
    Battle of Greenfields. Bandobras „Bullroarer“ Took defeats an Orc-band in the Northfarthing.
  • 18
    Rohan attacked from west and east and overrun. Gondor attacked by fleets of the Corsairs. King Helm of Rohan takes refuge in Helm's Deep. Wulf seizes Edoras. The Long Winter follows. Great suffering and loss of life in Eriador and Rohan. Gandalf comes to the aid of the Shire-folk.
  • 19
    Smaug the Dragon descends on Erebor. Dale destroyed. Thrór escapes with Thráin II and Thorin II.
  • 20
    Battle of Nanduhirion before the East-gate of Moria. Thráin II and his son Thorin wander westwards.

  • 21
    Gandalf again enters Dol Guldur, and discovers that its master is indeed Sauron. He finds Thráin and receives the key of Erebor. Thráin dies in Dol Guldur.
  • 22
    Bilbo born in the Shire.
  • 23
    Most of the remaining inhabitants of Ithilien desert it owing to the attacks of Uruks of Mordor. The secret refuge of Henneth Annûn is built.
  • 24
    The Fell Winter. The Baranduin and other rivers are frozen. White Wolves invade Eriador from the North.
  • 25
    Aragorn II son of Arathorn II, 15th Chieftain of the Dunedain of the North, born.
  • 26
    Thorin II, King of the Longbeards, and Company undertake the Quest for Erebor. Bilbo meets Sméagol-Gollum and finds the Ring. The White Council attacks Dol Guldur. The Battle of the Five Armies in Dale. Death of Thorin II. Bard of Esgaroth slays Smaug. Dáin of the Iron Hills becomes King under the Mountain (Dáin II).

  • 27
    Balin and other dwarves from Erebor dwell in Moria until the dwarf-colony is destroyed.
  • 28
    Bilbo's 111th birthday and farewell feast.
  • 29
    The One Ring is destroyed in the Cracks of Doom. Downfall of Barad-dûr and passing of Sauron.
  • 30
    End of the Third Age of the World with the Departure of the Ring-bearers and Keepers of the Three at Mithlond.

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