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{{disambig-more|Third Age|[[Third Age (disambiguation)]]}}
 
 
{{History of Arda}}
 
{{History of Arda}}
The '''Third Age''', often abbreviated to '''T.A.''', began after the first downfall of [[Sauron]], when he was defeated by the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] following the downfall of [[Númenor]].
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The '''Third Age''' began after the first downfall of [[Sauron]], when he was defeated by the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] following the downfall of [[Númenor]].  
  
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]].
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This age was characterized by the waning of the [[Elves]], the rise and decline of the exiled Númenorean kingdoms, and the slow recovery of Sauron's power.
  
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 finally, when his [[One Ring|Ruling Ring]] was destroyed. When [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] and [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] left Middle-earth for the [[Valinor|Uttermost West]], the [[Fourth Age]] began.
==Major events of the Third Age==
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! style="background:lightgrey; text-align:center" |Military<ref group=note>Only wars and isolated battles are mentioned as events; for battles being part of larger campaigns, look the campaigns' respective articles</ref>
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!|1st millennium
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*[[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]] (2)
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*Division of [[Arnor]] (861)
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*Arrival of the [[Wizards]] (c. 1000)
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*[[Angmar War]] (1409-1974)
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*[[Kin-strife]] (1442)
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*[[Corsair Wars]] (1448-3019)
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*[[Wainrider/Balchoth War]] (1851-2510)
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*Founding of the [[Shire]] (1600)
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*Dissolution of Arnor (1974)
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*Evacuation of [[Moria]] (1981)
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*[[Thráin I]] establishes the Kingdom of [[Erebor]] (1999)
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*[[Great Plague]] (1635)
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*[[Fall of Minas Ithil]] (2002)
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*[[Ruin of Osgiliath]] (2475)
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*[[War of the Dwarves and Dragons]] (2570-2589)
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*[[Battle of Greenfields]] (2747)
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*[[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] (2793)
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*[[Attack on Dol Guldur]] (2941)
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*[[Battle of Five Armies]] (2941)
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*Death of [[Earnur]] and end of Kingship of [[Gondor]] (2050)
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*[[Thorin I]] leaves Erebor and joins the [[Dwarves of the Grey Mountains]] (2210)
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*[[Oath of Cirion|Founding]] of [[Rohan]] (2510)
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*[[Thrór]] re-establishes Erebor (2590)
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*[[Saruman]] occupies [[Orthanc]] (2759)
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*[[Sack of Erebor]] (2770)
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*Dwarves establish [[Thorin's Halls]] (2802)
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*Restoration of [[Kingdom Under the Mountain|Erebor]] (2941)
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*Establishent of the [[Kingdom of Dale]] (2944)
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*[[Balin's Colony]] of Moria (2989-2994)
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*[[Watchful Peace]] (2063)
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*[[The One Ring]] is found (c. 2463)
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*[[Long Winter]] (2758)
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*[[Fell Winter (Third Age)]] (2911)
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*[[War of the Ring]] (3018-3019)
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*Return of the King and the [[Reunited Kingdom]] (3019)
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*[[Quest of the Ring]] (3018-3019)
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*Departure of the [[White Ship]] and end of the Third Age (3021)
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==See also==
 
* [[Timeline/Third Age|Timeline of the Third Age]]
 
* ''[[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]''
 
  
==External links==
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=== See Also ===
*[http://middle-earth.xenite.org/2013/09/23/when-did-the-third-age-end-in-our-calendar/ When Did the Third Age End in Our Calendar?] by [[Michael Martinez]]
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* [[Timeline]]
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* [[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]
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