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The Lord of the Rings timeline: A chronological trip through Middle-earth

Prepare for The Rings of Power with our guide to The Lord of the Rings universe.

If you thought The Lord of the Rings timeline began with The Hobbit you are about to see J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle earth in a whole new light. The legendary fantasy author crafted a vast millennia spanning mythology of Elves Dwarves Hobbits and Orcs a history so rich and complex that it can be daunting for newbies and fans alike.

So ahead of Amazons new The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power TV show (which premieres September 2 we have pulled all the key events together in one epic Middle-earth chronology. Aside from the key moments from The Hobbit The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers and The Return of the King all set in the Third Age of Middle earth we have gone back to the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and prequel reference tome The Silmarillion to tell you what happened before. That should give you a few clues about what to expect in The Rings of Power set in the Second Age of Middle earth Amazons handy interactive map opens in new tab will also give you a rough idea of what the world looks like.

In our The Lord of the Rings timeline which is more than a match for the Star Wars and Star Trek timelines when it comes to complexity we have focused on the events that are most pivotal to the movies and TV show in other words do not expect a complex explanation of the Silmarils. And because Peter Jacksons movies sometimes compress the chronology for pacing reasons we have used the dates from Tolkiens books.

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