Timeline of Arda

Before the making of the Sun dates are given in Valian Years and not all events can be precisely dated. In such cases events are given in chronological order between known dates. The actual beginning of the Valian reckoning have been the creation of the Two Trees of Valinor, but for consistency, previous dates will also be given in Valian Years. One Valian Year is equivalent to about 9.582 solar years.

All entries are derived from The Annals of Aman (see references) unless otherwise noted.

Valian years

  • 1 – After many ages completing labours in the halls of , including Varda‘s crafting of the stars, the Valar descended into Arda at the time of its origin.
  • First War: Melkor assaults his brethren and disrupts the ordered symmetry they seek to build within Arda.
  • 1500 – Tulkas arrives, the last of the Valar to descend into Arda: Melkor runs from him and hides in the halls of Eä.
  • The Valar began their labours anew and ordered the lands and seas to their liking.

Years of the Lamps

  • 1900 – The Two Lamps, Illuin and Ormal, are set upon pillars to provide light for Arda.
  • Ordering of Arda by the Valar. They form the isle of Almaren to dwell upon.
  • Spring of Arda: first forests grow, and non-humanoid animals are awakened.
  • Melkor‘s spies and secret friends, chief among them a great craftsman of the folk of Aulë, later named Sauron, inform him that the Valar are weary from their labours.
  • 3400 – Wedding of Tulkas and Nessa. Melkor returns in secret with followers from Eä and begins building Utumno.
  • Melkor begins to corrupt the lands and living things of Arda, turning them into sickly or monstrous shapes.
  • The Valar become aware of Melkor’s return and begin seeking his stronghold.
  • 3450 – Destruction of the Two Lamps and the isle of Almaren by Melkor and his followers; Spring of Arda ends.
  • Melkor retreats to Utumno while the Valar save what they can from the cataclysm.
  • The Valar establish a new home in Aman and raise the Pelóri to defend it.
  • 3500 – Yavanna makes the Trees of the Valar.

Years of the Trees

In some cases, after V.Y. 4580, exact chronological order cannot be determined and the placement of undated entries is estimated.

  • 3501 – A new tally of years is begun with Year of the Trees 1.
  • Aulë the Smith makes the Dwarves but is not allowed to awaken them; Yavanna thinks of the Ents in response.
  • 4500 – The Valar hold council to discuss the concerns of Oromë and Yavanna regarding Middle-earth and the impending arrival of the Eruhíni, or Children of Ilúvatar.
  • Varda begins gathering light from the Trees of the Valar for the Great Stars.
  • Varda sets the Menelmacar and other constellations in the sky.
  • 4550 – Varda finishes her work on the Great Stars, setting the Sickle of the Valar in the north as a challenge to Melkor.
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