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The Westlands in the mid-fourth Age

The return of the King brought Aragorn Elessar , son of Arathorn to the throne of both Gondor and Arnor. Named Elessar, he was the true heir of Isildur, and the King of all the Dúnedain. He made the final union of the royal Mannish blood and the Elvish, for he married Arwen Undomiel, the daughter of Elrond Half-elven. They ruled together until Fourth Age 120, when he died, old and full of years. King Elessar, by wisdom and strength, made peace with the Easterlings and the Haradrim, and under his hand began the Fourth Age: The Time of the Dominion of Men. The Dunedain had drawn from the Elves that which was truly noble and great: love, beauty. knowledge and lore. They passed it on to their descendants. But their victory over the Dark Years had been foreseen by Eru and He had indeed made them with that design. In purpose they were to be His and His alone. In form they were to be the ones who could endure; over whom Destiny could not make absolute claim; in whom ran the cycles of life; for whom was promised the joy and hope of eternity with Eru. Even the Valar were awed and now sang of the gifts given by the Father to Men.

Main Subjects of the Fourth Age

  • 1000 year era of peace in the Westlands (maybe minor conflicts in the West but great Wars East and South)
  • Fading of the remainingElves (and Orcs?)
  • Dwarves and Halflings becoming dying and marginalized races (Hobbits becoming a poor and scattered Folk)
  • Rise of Dark Cults (Herumor) and Superstition; Emerging of Magic or occult traditions from the East (legacy of the Ithryn Luin) Decline of Eruist Religion; Decline of True or Elvish Magic.
  • War against or integration of former Sauronic vassal realms and Diadochs (Khand, Mordor,Núrn, Umbar, Harad, Rhun...)
  • Rise of the Rohirrim/Northmen ("Horse-Men") as major power base of the Reunited Kingdom (A New Nobility dessending from the Rohirrim?)
  • Formerly backward Tribal realms becoming more modern Kingdoms under Telcontari Souvereignty (Dunland, Hollin, Núrn, Angmar, Enedhwaith,Minhiriath...)
  • Age of Men; No great supernatural power or enemy left (themes change into more mundane or human affairs and political intrigue)
  • Problem of Iron Age/Steel (fabrication restricted by Telcontari Kings?); Technological stagnancy and decline (after the climax of the 1000 year peace?); Copper more common
  • Changing of Names and languages (Westron becoming "the Old language"; Tribal Dialects emerging; Some old Elvish and archaic Placenames becoming the origin of prehistoric Toponyms and Ethnonyms)
  • Elven languages and placenames dying out; Westron placenames becoming common, westron splitting up into regional dialects
  • Elessar becoming a legendary figure; Telcontari - Wandering Kings?
  • after 1000 Years, Lastkings and dissolution of the reunited Kingdom; new Tribes emerging from the scattering)
  • Geography changing into modern Day Europe (a new Flood/Earthquakes; Plate Tectonics; real floods ca. 4.000 & 1.500 BV)
  • Spread of agriculture, while certain crops (pipeweed, potatoes) die out
  • Rise of New Stars (Thuban?, Theta Bootis?)?


Timeline

  • F.O. 1 - The Eldar begin to depart.
  • F.O. 2-32 - The Eldar abandon the Tower Hills and the surrounding locales. Only Círdan remains in the Grey Havens.
  • F.O. 3 The Chorad move south through the gap of Khand and occupy the majority of the plateau. The other orodriag, weakened by the defeat of their warriors in Gondor, are forced into lower Khand.
  • F.O. 4-50 - the great Travels of T'revor Arain and other Heroes: Kôma, Sen Kay, Ste', Mirag, Onree, Muldec, Tobold Goodburrow, Darien, Nandar, Carnil.
  • F.O. 6 - Peregrin Took marries Diamond of Long Cleeve
  • F.O. 6 - Shire is made a Free Land, under protection of the Northern Sceptre, and along with the Drúadan Forests, are off-limits to Men.
  • F.O. 6 Relmethar establishes diplomatic contact with Gondor.
  • (Date Uncertain) - Birth of Elfwine, son of Éomer and Lothíriel
  • (Date Uncertain) - Birth of Elboron, son of Faramir and Éowyn
  • (Date Uncertain) - awakening of Durin VII
  • F.O. 13 - Peregrin Took becomes 32nd Thain of the Shire
  • F.O. 15 - Death of Glóin, father of Gimli.
  • F.O. c.15 - The Chorad make contact with Elessar.
  • F.O. 15 - Rebuilding of Annúminas begins.
  • F.O. 34 - Death of Prince Imrahil. Imrahil's son Elphir assumes the Principality.
  • F.O. 41 - Birth of Holfast Gardner, son and heir of Frodo Gardner
  • F.O. 61 - Samwise Gamgee leaves Middle-earth via Mithlond
  • F.O. 63 - Meriadoc Brandybuck, aged 102, and Pippin leave the Shire to live in Gondor; death of Éomer, aged 93, whose son Elfwine ascends the throne of Rohan.
  • F.O. 67 - Death of Prince Elphir, son of Imrahil, 23rd Prince of Dol Amroth. Elphir's son Alphros assumes the Principality.
  • F.O. 80 - Birth of Harding of the Hill, Sam Gamgee's heir and great-grandson.
  • F.O. 82 - Death of Faramir, aged 120. His son Elboron assumes the Stewardship.
  • F.O. 91 - Death of Dwalin, brother of Balin, aged 341.
  • F.O. 95 - Death of Prince Alphros of Dol Amroth, son of Elphir.
  • F.O. 100 - Moria still abandoned.
  • F.O. 120 - Death of Aragorn, King of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, after 210 years of life and a 122-year reign; Aragorn's son Eldarion ascends the throne. According to legend, on the death of Aragorn, Legolas builds a ship and sails into the west to the Undying Lands, taking Gimli (now a very old Dwarf) with him.
  • F.O. 120 - King Elessar (Aragorn II) passes away. Eldarion Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom. Legolas, marking the final passing of the Fellowship of the Ring.
  • F.O. 121 - Death of Queen Arwen, aged 2901.
  • F.O. 172 - A copy of the Red Book of Westmarch is made.
  • F.O. 185 - Death of Harding of the Hill, Sam Gamgee's heir.
  • F.O. ca.200 - warmer and more pleasant climate in the northern Lands; Cold of Forochel and Angband finally diminishes
  • About F.O. 220 - the rise of new enemies:Easterlings led by Khôragan and Brûdhan and the Haradrim led by Felês and Selâth.The Ithryn Luin warring against each other ijn the East.
  • F.O. 264 - King Eldarion Telcontar passes away. Elessar II Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom.
  • F.O. 300 ? - Parts of Northwestern Eriador split off the main continent and become forerunners of later Ireland
  • F.O. 300-500 - The Men of the West establish major overland trade links with Peoples of the East. Dorwinion and Khand rise in power.
  • F.O. 400-450 - Relmether, East of Mordor, rises in economic power.
  • F.O. 408 - King Elessar II passes away. Elendil Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom.
  • F.O. 432-864 - Last major Eldar migration through Lindon. Avari groups supplant the Eldar in many of the more guarded enclaves of Northwestern Endor. Other Elven sites are abandoned or given over to Men.
  • F.O. 552 - The aged Elendil Telcontar abdicates the throne of the Reunited Kingdom in favor of his eldest son, Isildur Telcontar.
  • F.O. 696 - Rather than abdicating the throne of the Reunited Kingdom, Isildur Telcontar grants his son lordship over the North Kingdom.
  • F.O. 700 - Isildur Telcontar passes away. Anárion Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom.
  • F.O. 701-712 - The First River War. The Variag-Nûriag-Nurniag alliance, known as "the Collusion of the Ûsrievrim," conquers the Chey lands and all of eastern Rhûn.
  • F.O. 750 - After the Lords of Umbar declare the waters off the Harad Coast as the Umbarean Sea, the Kingdom of Gondor faces an economic crisis.
  • F.O. 752-775 - The Sail War. The Kingdom of Gondor struggles against the Umbareans. The Haradrim side with both belligerents. Gondor ultimately prevails, but the conflict serves to create disharmony among the peoples of the North and South Kingdoms.
  • F.O. 775 - Anárion II is murdered after crushing the Umbareans near Linhír. Arathorn Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom.
  • F.O. 783-800 - The Second River War. The Collusion of the Ûsrievrim is abandoned as civil war rages across central Endor. The Variag-Nûriag- Nurniag triad collapses, with each party becoming the focal point of rival "successor alliances."
  • F.O. 799 - Anárion Telcontar perishes in the Red Plague. His young son, Beleg Telcontar, becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom and moves to stabilize the volatile southern frontier.
  • F.O. 800-1000 - Great mannish migrations create turmoil throughout Endor.
  • F.O. 800 - Battle of Ethir Harnen. North and South Kingdom naval and land forces crush a large army composed of Umbareans, Variags, Haradrim, and various mercenary groups from southwestern Endor.Serious losses by the North Kingdom - the result of the furious ambush that opened the battle -contribute to a considerable weakening of the North Kingdom. Beleg Telcontar is hereafter known as "Hyarmendacil III."
  • F.O. 843 - Hyarmendacil III passes away. His son, Eärnil Telcontar becomes King of the Reunited Kingdom.
  • F.O. 915 - Eärnil Telcontar further divides the administration of the Reunited Kingdom. The former realms of Gondor and Arnor are hereafter called the Twin Kingdoms. Eärnil Telcontar's two sons - Telumehtar Telcontar and Eärnur Telcontar preside over the North and South Kingdoms, respectively.
  • F.O. 950 - Eärnil Telcontar passes away. Telumehtar Telcontar becomes King of the Twin Kingdoms. However, Eärnur Telcontar challenges his brother and assumes the throne of the North Kingdom.
  • F.O. 953 - Telumehtar Telcontar marches on the North Kingdom. Eärnur Telcontar's brief reign ends. Telumehtar Telcontar orders Eärnur Telcontar into exile on the northernmost of the Isles of the Dead That Live.
  • F.O. 1000 - Telumehtar Telcontar and his three young sons are all murdered. There are no direct heirs. Eärnur Telcontar returns from exile to become King of the Twin Kingdoms. The Men of Enedwaith, Minhiriath, and Eregion declare themselves independent.
  • F.O. 1001 - Eärnur Telcontar is forced to take his own life. South Kingdom oligarches tighten their reign on both political and economic matters by electing Valamir the Younger as Steward of the South Kingdom. Despite the fact that Eärnur Telcontar's son, Arvedui Telcontar, is crowned King and reaches his majority later the same year, Valamir acts as the de facto overlord of the South Kingdom. F.A. 1001-1020 The sundering of the Twin Kingdoms. Arthedain is reestablished as the North Kingdom disintegrates. The Shire remains a Free Land.
  • F.O. 1020 - Amlaith Telcontar, a distant kinsman of Telumehtar II's wife Berúthien, becomes King of the North Kingdom. He declares the Shire a "royal protectorate" and embarks on a program aimed at consolidating the fragmenting North Kingdom.
  • F.O.1020-1050 - Despite Amlaith Telcontar's good intentions, the Shire folk seek Elven aid in order to construct a Girdle of the Shire. Their embassies to the Sindar and Avari of Lindon are only modestly rewarded. While protected by strange weather patterns, the Shire remains vulnerable to any persistent intrusion.
  • F.O. 1072 - Valamir the Younger becomes the Ruling Steward of the South Kingdom when the childless King Arvedui Telcontar passes away.
  • F.O. 1092 - Amlaith Telcontar dies while on campaign near Bree. Valamir the Younger passes away later the same year. Valamir's son, Targon Telcontar, becomes the Ruling Steward of the South Kingdom.
  • F.O.1092-1099 - The Great Eriadoran War. Amlaith II's son, Eärendur Telcontar ("the Great"), claims a series of great victories over the chieftains of Cardolan and Minhiriath (Valros and Púil).
  • F.O. 1100 - Eärendur Telcontar proclaims himself King and thus reestablishes the North Kingdom. Targon declares himself King of the South Kingdom and issues a declaration of war against the North Kingdom.
  • F.O. 1106 - The forces of King Eärendur and King Targon clash near the gap of Rohan. The battle ends in a stalemate and both kings return their realms to rebuild.
  • F.O. 1108 - A summit between the two kings fails to reconcile the warring kings.
  • F.O. 1115 - The armies of Eärendur and Targon clash once more, at the river Isen. The battle ends again in a stalemate. Much of the nobility has been slain and King Eärendur was severely wounded.
  • F.O. 1122 - King Targon dies from the plague leaving only a young daughter behind, Eléanoriel. As there is no close male relative alive the Southern kingdom proclaims Eléanoriel queen.
  • F.O. 1123 - Though Queen Eléanoriel rules, the decimated nobility is at unease for a woman to assume effective control of the realm. Discord spreads quickly and the seeds of civil are planted, helped by Eärendur's efforts.
  • F.O 1130 - King Eärendur dies and is succeeded by his son Meneldil, who vows to conquer the southern kingdom from Queen Eléanoriel. The Haradrim and Easterlings invade the border regions of gondor once more.
  • F.O. 1130-1150 - A great sense of doom hangs over the southern kingdom. Though kind, cultured and beautiful Queen Eléanoriel proves to be ineffective and ill advised. Anfalas, Lebennin and Lossarnach are in open rebellion. The Haradrim overrun Harondor. Meneldil builds an army to invade the southern kingdom.
  • F.O. 1152 Meneldil invades the southern kingdom and quickly gains the support of Anfalas, Lebennin, Lossarnarch and Ithilien. Soon Queen Eléanoriel finds herself besieged in Minas Tirith, leaving her heartbroken.
  • F.O. 1153 Having lost all hope Eléanoriel opens the gate of Minas Tirith and abdicates. Heartbroken and dissapointed in life she takes a ship and sails away from middle earth, never to be seen again.
  • F.O. 1153-1700 The civil wars have taken their toll and a long period of decay has started. Since a very long time orcs, who had been thought to have no longer existed, appears to have been sighted again.
  • F.O. ca. 2000 (?) - End of fourth Age? Great Flood (Meteorite Impact?foreshadow of Morgoth's return?) ?

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