Third Age 3000
Notable events in this year include:
- The shadow of Mordor lengthens.
- Saruman dares to use the palantír of Orthanc, but becomes ensnared by Sauron, who has the Ithil-stone. He becomes a traitor to the White Council. His spies report that the Shire is being closely guarded by the Rangers.
- One day, Bilbo Baggins sees the Sackville-Bagginses approaching along the road. Using his Ring he evades an unwanted meeting with them. Unbeknownst to him, the whole scene is witnessed by a young Meriadoc Brandybuck.[note 1]
- Death of Wilibald Bolger.