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The Lord of the Rings

The events in the Third Age of Middle-Earth that contributed
to or were a direct part of the War of the Ring.

This Chronology is a work in progress. It's just getting started. If you think I have missed an important event within the dates that are already input, then please e-mail me and I'll add it right away. Otherwise, hold tight, I'm working as fast as I can.

Years are given in Third Age reckoning, but specific dates are given in Shire reckoning. Thus, September 22, 3001 is the date of Bilbo's Farewell Party.

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2463Smeagol murders Deagol for the One Ring
2470Smeagol, now Gollum, hides in the Misty Mountains.
2890September22Bilbo Baggins born in the Shire.
2982Meriodoc (Merry) Brandybuck born.
2989Bilbo adopts Frodo as his heir.
3018October6The hobbits and Strider reach Weathertop at mid-day and are attacked by five Black Riders at night. Frodo wears the Ring again and is injured by the Witch King.
3018October5Strider and the hobbits reach the Weather Hills.
2990Peregrin (Pippin) Took born.
2981Frodo orphaned when his parents are killed in a boating accident on the Brandywine River.
3001September23Frodo dispenses Bilbos gifts from Bag End. Gandalf Leaves Hobbiton.
3018October2The hobbits and Strider leave Chetwood and enter the Midgewater Marshes.
3018September25Frodo, Sam and Pippin (and Merry) arrive at Crickhollow. The conspirators are revealed. Frodo dreams of the sea.
3018October4The hobbits and Strider leave the Midgewater Marshes and camp somewhere between the marshes and the Weather Hills.
3018October20Black Riders overtake the hobbits and Strider as the approach the Ford of Bruinen. Frodo makes it across the ford, and the Black Riders are swept away by the waters of the Bruinen.
3018April12Gandalf reaches Hobbiton after a nine-year absence.
2969September22Frodo Baggins born in the Shire.
3018June20Gollum escapes the custody of Thranduil.
3018April13Gandalf proves that Frodos ring is indeed the One Ring. Frodo decides to leave the Shire.
3008Gandalf pays his last visit to frodo in the autumn.
2942Bilbo returns to the Shire.
2941Bilbo meets Thorin and begins his adventure - the trolls, Rivendell, Gollum and the One Ring, Eagles, Beorn, Mirkwood,Wood Elves, Lake Town, the Lonely Mountain an the Battle of Five Armies.
2980Samwise (Sam) Gamgee and Fredegar (Fatty) Bolger both were born this year.
3001September22Bilbos farewell party and his subsequent departure from the Shire.
3002Bilbo becomes a guest of Elrond and settles in at Rivendell.
3004Gandalf visits Frodo in the Shire and does so at intervals for the next four years.
3009Gollum enters Mordor at about this time and is captured.
3017Gollum is released from Mordor, caught by Aragorn near the Dead Marshes, and brought into the custody of Thranduil. Gandlaf questions him.
3018June29Gandalf meets Radagast along the Greenway not far from Bree.
3018July10Gandalf is imprisoned in Orthanc.
3018July24Boromir sets out from Minas Tirith.
3018September18Gandalf escapes Orthanc in the early hours.
3018September19Gandalf comes to Edoras but is refused entrance.
3018September29Tom Bombadil rescues the four hobbits from the barrow. They continue on to Bree, reaching the Prancing Pony in the evening. Frodo wears the ring (for the second time) when he falls from the table. Later they meet Strider. Gandalf visits the Gaffer.
3018September26Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry enter the Old Forest in the morning, are trapped by Old Man Willow in th late afternoon, and rescued by Tom Bombadil. They end up at Bombadils home in the evening.
3018September24Frodo, Sam and Pippin take a short cut to Maggots Farm to avoid Black Riders. They have supper there, and Maggot drives them to the Buckleberry Ferry, where they meet up with Merry. They end the evening at Crickhollow where the conspirators are revealed.
3018September27Frodo allows Tom Bombadil to take the One Ring and then wears it when Tom gives it back.
3018September28The four hobbits rest in the hollow circle on the downs at midday. They awake in the evening and are captured by the barrow-wight.
3018September20Gandalf is admitted to Edoras.
3018September21Gandalf meets Shadowfax.
3018September22Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax.
3018September23Merry and Fatty leave Bag End with the last cartload of Frodos belongings. A Black Rider visits the gaffer just as Frodo, sam and Pippin leave for Crickhollow.
3018September30Black Riders attack Crickhollow and the Prancing Pony in the early morning. The hobbits and Strider leave Bree in the late morning and enter the Chetwood. Gandalf comes to Crickhollow and reaches Bree at night.
3018October7Strider finds Athelas to help with Frodos wounds. They proceed south, cutting across the Road.
3018October8Strider leads the hobbits through the lands south of the East Road.
3018October9Strider leads the hobbits through the lands south of the East Road.
3018October10Strider leads the hobbits through the lands south of the East Road.
3018October11Strider leads the hobbits through the lands south of the East Road. Glorfindel finds Black Riders at the Last Bridge and drives them away. He leaves a token on the bridge (a green stone).
3018October18Strider and the hobbits find Bilbos trolls. Later, they return to the Road and find Glorfindel there. Frodo rides Glorfindels horse. They continue through the night.
3018October19Srider, the hobbits, and Glorfindel march til dawn. They halt for 5 hours, but then march for nearly 20 miles.
3018October12Stider and the Hobbit come to the Road at the end of the day.
3018October13The hobbits and Strider travel eastwards along the Road and cross the Last Bridge. They find a green stone on the bridge. They turn northwards a mile after the bridge, leaving the Road.
3018October14Stider and the hobbits continue through the Trollshaws.
3018October15Stider and the hobbits continue through the Trollshaws. The weather turns wet.
3018October16Strider and the hobbits, still in the Trollshaws, are forced to turn northwards. They camp on a stony, cold shelf. Frodos wound worsens.
3018October17The weather becomes dryer, but the hobbits and Strider decide they are too far north. They turn south-eatwards. Frodos wounds continues to worsen.
3018October24Frodo wakes in Rivendell. He attends a feast where he first sees Arwen , meets Gloin and finally finds Bilbo in the Hall of Fire. Boromir arrives at night.
3018October25The Council of Elrond takes place in Rivendell.
3018December25The Company of the Ring sets out from Rivendell.
3018December24Bilbo gives Sting and his mithril coat to Frodo.
3019January8The Company reaches Hollin, and flocks of birds swoop low over their camp later in the day.
3019January11Snow on Caradhras.
3019January12Snow on Caradhras.
3019January13The Company is attacked by Wolves in the early hours. They reach the gate of Moria at nightfall and ad chased inside by the Watcher in the Water. Gollum picks up their trail inside the mines.
3019January14Night in Hall Twenty-One of Moria.
3019January15Gandalf falls from the Bridge of Khazad-dum. The Company flees into Lothlorien.
3019January17The Company comes to Caras Galadon in the evening.
3019January23Gandalf pursues the Balrog to the peak of Zirak-zigil.
3019January25Gandalf casts the Balrog from the mountain, but passes away afterwards. His body lies on the peak.

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