Second Age

The second Age of Arda.

The Second Age started after the War of Wrath and ended after the first overthrow of Sauron and the taking of the OneRing by Isildur.

Timeline & Key Events of the SecondAge

The Second Age - Timeline
1Foundation of the GreyHavens, and of Lindon.
32The Edain reach Númenor.
c. 40Many Dwarves leaving their old cities in EredLuin go to Moria and swell its numbers.
442Death of Elros Tar-Minyatur.
c. 500Sauron begins to stir again in Middle-earth.
548Birth of Silmariën in Númenor .
600The first ships of the Númenoreans appear off the coasts.
750Eregion founded by the Noldor.
c. 1000Sauron, alarmed by the growing power of the Númenoreans, chooses Mordor as a land to make into a stronghold. He begins the building of Barad-dûr.
1075Tar-Ancalime? becomes the first Ruling Queen of Númenor.
1200Sauron endeavours to seduce the Eldar. Gil-galad refuses to treat with him, but the smiths of Eregion are won over. The Númenoreans begin to make permanent havens.
c. 1500The Elven-smiths instructed by Sauron reach the height of their skill. They begin the forging of the Rings of Power.
c. 1590The ThreeRings are completed in Eregion.
c. 1600Sauron forges the OneRing in Orodruin. He completes the Barad-dûr. Celebrimbor perceives the designs of Sauron.
1693War of the Elves and Sauron begins. The ThreeRings are hidden.
1695Sauron's forces invade Eriador. Gil-galad sends Elrond to Eregion
1697Eregion laid waste. Death of Celebrimbor. The gates of Moria are shut, Elrond retreats with remnant of the Noldor and founds the refuge of Imladris.
1699Sauron overruns Eriador.
1700Tar-Minastir sends a great navy from Númenor to Lindon. Sauron is defeated.
1701Sauron is driven out of Eriador: The Westlands have peace for a long while.
c 1800From about this time onward the Númenoreans begin to establish dominions on the coasts. Sauron extends his power eastwards. The shadow falls on Númenor.
2251Tar-Atanamir takes the sceptre. Rebellion and division of the Númenoreans begins. About this time the Nazgûl or Ringwraiths, slaves of the NineRings, first appear.
2280Umbar is made into a great fortress of Númenor.
2350Pelargir is built. It becomes the chief haven of the Faithful Númenoreans.
2899Ar-Adûnakhôr takes the sceptre.
3175Repentance of Tar-Palantir. Civil war in Númenor.
3255Ar-Pharazón? the Golden seizes the sceptre.
5261Ar-Pharazón? sets sail and lands at Umbar.
3262Sauron is taken as prisoner to Númenor
3262-3310Sauron seduces the King and corrupts the Númenoreans.
3310Ar-Pharazón? begins the building of the Great Armament.
3319Ar-Pharazón? assails Valinor. Downfall of Númenor. Elendil and his sons escape.
3320Foundations of the Realms in Exile: Arnor and Gondor. The Palantíri are divided. Sauron returns to Mordor.
3429Sauron attacks Gondor, takes Minas Ithil and burns the White Tree. Isildur escapes down Anduin and goes to Elendil in the North. Anarion defends Minas Anor and Osgiliath.
3430The LastAlliance of Elves and Men is formed.
3431Gil-galad and Elendil march east to Imladris.
3434The host of the LastAlliance crosses the Misty Mountains. Battle of Dagorlad and defeat of Sauron. Siege of Barad-dûr begins.
3440Anárion slain.
3441Sauron overthrown by Elendil and Gil-galad, who perish. Isildur takes the OneRing. Sauron passes away and the Ringwraiths go into the shadows. The SecondAge ends.
Source of information: Appendix B of LotR

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