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This age was characterized by the rise and decline of the exiled Númenorean kingdoms, the slow recovery of Sauron's power. In the meantime the [[Elves]] and [[Dwarves]] and other peoples did little new; also known as the '''Fading Years''', the [[Age]] marked the waning of the [[Elves]].
 
This age was characterized by the rise and decline of the exiled Númenorean kingdoms, the slow recovery of Sauron's power. In the meantime the [[Elves]] and [[Dwarves]] and other peoples did little new; also known as the '''Fading Years''', the [[Age]] marked the waning of the [[Elves]].
  
It lasted for 3021 years, until Sauron was again defeated, this time, for once and for all, when his [[The One Ring|Ruling Ring]] was destroyed. This was a gamble for [[the Wise]] because they preserved the [[Free peoples]] and destroyed much evil. But then the last greatest of the [[Eldar]] remaining in [[Middle-earth]] left for the [[Uttermost West]], and much good and beauty were lost to Middle-earth for ever. With the [[Last Riding of the Keepers]] the [[Fourth Age]] began.
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It lasted for 3021 years, until Sauron was again defeated, this time, for once and for all, when his [[The One Ring|Ruling Ring]] was destroyed. This was a gamble for [[the Wise]] because they preserved the [[Free Peoples]] and destroyed much evil. But then the last greatest of the [[Eldar]] remaining in [[Middle-earth]] left for the [[Uttermost West]], and much good and beauty were lost to Middle-earth for ever. With the [[Last Riding of the Keepers]] the [[Fourth Age]] began.
 
==Major events of the Third Age==
 
==Major events of the Third Age==
 
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