Dwarvish Timeline

The game begins in the year 2988 of the Third Age.

The Age of the Stars

Eru creates the world as time, space, matter, energy and the Secret Fire. Through long and mighty labours the Valar shape it to accord with the Song of Creation and the Vision of Eru. In particular Manwe shapes the heavens, Ulmo shapes the seas and Aule shapes the lands.

Having seen in the Vision the coming of people to inhabit this world, Aule was eager to create people whom he could nurture and teach, and he created the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves (and six mothers) and he made them strong to resist the woes of Melkor, and taught them to speak in his own manner, in the language that is Khuzdul. But Eru was wroth, for he intended that the Elves be the Firstborn. He breathed the Flame Imperishable into the souls of Aule’s creations, accepting them as Children of Eru, but then ruled that the Dwarves must sleep until the Elves had awoken. And he placed them deep in the mountains across the north of Arda, closest to the frozen north where Melkor was strongest.

The First Age

Counted from the Awakening of the Elves in the east, followed by the awakening of the Fathers of the Dwarves in the hearts of the mountains. Durin I the Deathless was the first to wake in, Mount Gundabad at the north of the Misty Mountains.

The Great Mansions are founded by the dwarves: Nogrod of the Firebeards and Belegost of the Broadbeams in the Blue Mountains, and Khazad-dûm founded in the Misty Mountains by Durin I. And the four in the East, of the Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Blacklocks and Stonefeet.

The Dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost establish relations with the Elves of Doriath.

Melkor destroys the Two Trees and steals the Silmarils containing the last of their light for his Iron Crown.

Men awaken in Hildorien in the first Year of the Sun.

Beren and Luthien win a Silmaril from the Iron Crown of Melkor-Morgoth. It comes to Doriath, and the Elf-king Thingol has the dwarves reforge the Nauglamir to accommodate it. He refused to pay the craftsmen, and was slain. Doriath was sacked by Dwarves of Nogrod, who were themselves slain by green-elves when living trees prevented their escape.

The War of Wrath sees Morgoth defeated by the Host of the Valar and cast into the Void, but most of Beleriand is sunk beneath the sea, and Nogrod and Belegost are largely destroyed.

The Second Age

c. SA 40 – Most of the Firebeards and Broadbeams fare eastwards to join the Longbeards of Durin in Khazad-dûm/Moria in the Misty Mountains.

SA 750 – Khazad-dûm reaches its zenith, exchanging many skills with the Noldor elves of Eregion.

Sauron tempts the Noldor into the making of the Rings. Celebrimbor the Lord of the Noldor secretly gives Durin III a Ring of Power (according to dwarven belief; LotR III.357).

SA 1693-1701 – Sauron forges the One Ring and wages the War of the Elves and Sauron. The gates of Khazad-dum are closed. Eregion is laid waste, and Sauron claims ‘all’ the Rings of Power save the “Three for the Elf-lords under the sky.”

c. SA 2100 Sauron has further Rings of Power come to the Dwarves, until there are “Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone.” But unlike Men, the Dwarven Ringbearers neither become wraiths, nor succumb to the will of the Lord of the Rings. Each Ring is the foundation of a great hoard.

SA 3430-3441 The War of the Last Alliance sees the ‘death’ of Sauron and the fall of Barad-dur (LotR III.365). Some Longbeard dwarves under Durin IV of Moria fight with the aliiance; other dwarves fight for Sauron.

The Third Age
1980-1 The dwarves of Khazad-dûm, delving ever further for mithril truesilver, awaken Durin’s Bane. Durin VI and Nain I are slain and the dwarves flee Khazad-dûm.
1999 Thrain I “the Old” founds the Kingdom Under the Mountain.
2000 The Arkenstone, the Heart of the Mountain, is discovered.
c. 2000 Fram becomes Lord of the Éothéod northmen and slays the Dragon Scatha, claiming his hoard. The Dwarves of the Grey Mountains claim the hoard, resulting in conflict with the Éothéod.
2000-2200 The large part of the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain relocate to colonies and mines northwards in the Grey Mountains (where there had always been a presence of Durin’s Folk even before the fall of Khazad-dûm).
2210 Thorin I moves the capital into the Grey Mountains.
2460 The Necromancer returns with increased strength to Dol Guldur. Northwest Middle-earth’s 400 year ‘Watchful Peace’ is at an end.
c. 2480 Orcs begin to make secret strongholds in the Misty Mountains, so as to bar all the passes into Eriador. Moria is filled with evil folk.
2510 The Éothéod northmen are led south by Eorl to lands given them by Cirion the Steward of Gondor; Gundabad Orcs spread.
2550-70 The Stirring of the Dragons north of the Grey Mountains.
2589 Dain I and his heir, Frór, are slain by a cold-drake.
2590 Thrór and his people return to the Lonely Mountain; his younger brother Grór leads another contingent to the Iron Hills.
2758-59 The Long Winter.
2770 The Sack of Erebor by Smaug the Golden; Thrór, Thrain, Thorin and co. escape to wander in exile.
2790 Thrór and co., including Thorin, Balin and Glóin, settle in Dunland; Thrór re-enters Khazad-dûm and is slain by Azog the goblin.
2790-3 The Mustering of the Dwarves assembles dwarves of all seven Houses to avenge Thrór.
2793-9 The War of the Dwarves and Orcs runs the length of the Misty Mountains from Mount Gundabad to Khazad-dûm.
2799 The War culminates in the Battle of Azanulbizar, where Azog slays Nain son of Grór and is slain in turn by his son, the young Dain Ironfoot. The dwarves are victorious but at the loss of fully a third of their number, who are to be renowned as ‘burned dwarves’. Dain sees Durin’s Bane and declares Khazad-dûm still to be beyond the power of the dwarves to reclaim.
2802 Thrain II leads his people to the southern Blue Mountains, S of the Gulf of Lhun, and begin mining mostly coal. Thorin II Oakenshield subsequently relocates to the northern Blue Mountains and (re-?)founds what becomes known as Thorin’s Halls upon a viable lode of iron.
2841 Thrain II takes his map to make an attempt for the Lonely Mountain, with Balin, Dwalin and several other dwarves in his company.
2845 Having been much harried by foes and ill luck, Thrain II vanishes one night from his company’s camp in the eaves Mirkwood. (Captured by the forces of the Necromancer.)
2850 Death of Thrain II in the dungeons of the Necromancer.
2911-12 The Fell Winter.
Great floods and rains swell the waters that flowed East from Mirkwood. An earthquake or two causes the marshes and bogs to spread wider and the paths across them are lost. The eastern end of the elf-road through the forest becomes doubtful and little used.
2941 Thorin II Oakenshield retakes the Lonely Mountain. Smaug the Destroyer is slain by Bard the Bowman. Thorin falls in the Battle of the Five Armies and is laid in a tomb under the Mountain with the Arkenstone and the elven sword Orcrist upon his breast; Dain Ironfoot becomes Dain II, King of the dwarves of Durin’s Folk.
2943 The Master of Lake-town flees with gold, and perishes in the wilderness.
2952 The Necromancer, having fled Mirkwood, reveals himself as Sauron in the rebuilt Barad-dur in Mordor.
2977 Bain, son of Bard becomes King of Dale.
2984 Denethor becomes the Steward of Gondor.
2988 Dain II Ironfoot is 221 y.o; his son, the Heir of Durin, Thorin Stonehelm, is 122 y.o.
Of Thorin’s Company, Balin is 225 y.o, & Dwalin, Oin & Glóin, Ori, Nori & Dori, and the
Broadbeams Bifur, Bofur & Bombur are mostly in their late prime. Gimli Glóin’s son is
97 y.o.

Dwarvish Timeline

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