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Encyclopedia > First Age
The History of Arda
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In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the First Age began with the awakening of the Elves, and ended with the final overthrow of Morgoth by the combined armies of Valinor and Beleriand. It covered a period comprised of 450 Valian Years followed by 590 Years of the Sun. That adds up to 4902 years. The First Age was also known as the Elder Days. The history of J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth is divided into three time periods, known as the Years of the Lamps, Years of the Trees and Years of the Sun. ... Ainulindalë (Quenya for Music of the Ainur or, more literally, Ainu-singing) is the first chapter of The Silmarillion, an abridged and condensed collection of fictional, mythical histories written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... Based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Valian Year is a reference to the passage of time in Valinor before the death of the Two Trees, destroyed by Melkor Morgoth and Ungoliant. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Years of the Lamps are one of the three great time-periods of Arda. ... A map of Aman, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Years of the Trees are one of the three great time-periods of Arda. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Years of the Sun are the last of the three great time-periods of Arda, together with the Years of the Lamps and the Years of the Trees. ... The main part of this article relates to a version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by many Tolkien fans (see: Middle-earth canon); it may contradict parts of The Silmarillion or other texts. ... The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Fourth Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The term Final Battle in this article refers to the expression used in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. ... This article includes several timelines relating to J. R. R. Tolkiens fiction. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... // Sources This entire article references, and is based on, all the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien that deal with Middle-earth, especially The Silmarillion (Houghton Mifflin, 1977) and most volumes of The History of Middle-earth (ed. ... A fan-created map of Aman and Valinor. ... Based on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Valian Year is a reference to the passage of time in Valinor before the death of the Two Trees, destroyed by Melkor Morgoth and Ungoliant. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Years of the Sun are the last of the three great time-periods of Arda, together with the Years of the Lamps and the Years of the Trees. ...

Tolkien describes primarily the events that occurred in Beleriand, or in his words, "the last six centuries of the First Age." These were centered around a series of wars waged by the Sindar, the Ñoldor and the Three Houses of the Edain, against the armies of Angband and the evil Men. The wars had actually begun during the Years of the Trees, but continued with renewed fury after the arrival of the Ñoldor in Beleriand. There had been Elves in Beleriand for uncounted millennia and they warred with Morgoth after his return, but the Noldor, particularly the Sons of Fëanor, had come with the express purpose of defeating Morgoth. In the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, the fictional Sindar (meaning Grey People, singular Sinda, although the later term was not generally used by Tolkien) are Elves of Telerin descent. ... In the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Edain were those Men (humans) who made their way into Beleriand in the First Age, and were friendly to the Elves. ... See Angband (game) for the computer game. ... The race of Men in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth books, such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, refers to humanity and does not denote gender. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens world of Middle-earth, the seven sons of Fëanor, the great Ñoldorin Prince, led their people from Valinor to rule over kingdoms in the Northeast of Beleriand: Maedhros the Tall, who ruled from the March of Maedhros, based at the hill of Himring...


The chief battles of the First Age are:

  • The Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle under the Stars, so named because it was fought before the rising of the Sun) was fought soon after the arrival of the Ñoldor. Morgoth sent a raiding party from Angband to attack the Ñoldor encampment in Hithlum, but the Elves drove it back. Fëanor was killed. It is considered the second battle in the Wars of Beleriand, after one that took place during the Years of the Trees.
  • The Dagor Aglareb (Glorious Battle) was fought about seventy-five years after the return of the Ñoldor. Morgoth again attacked the Ñoldor, and again with no success. The Ñoldor became so bold as to besiege Angband. However, the Siege was of limited effectiveness, because the northern side of Angband was on the north side of the Ered Engrin, and was unapproachable.
  • The Dagor Bragollach (Battle of Sudden Flame) began when Morgoth poured rivers of fire out of Angband, ruining the besieging Ñoldorin armies. The Ñoldor eventually mustered a defense, but their losses were severe. For instance, the green plain of Ard-galen had been permanently laid waste by the rivers of fire, and was now called Anfauglith, the Choking Dust; and the highlands of Dorthonion, which had been inhabited by Edain, were made inhospitable.
  • The Nirnaeth Arnoediad (Unnumbered Tears) was the first battle to be initiated by the Ñoldor. They massed an army composed of Elves, Edain, and the houses of Bór and Ulfang allied to the Sons of Fëanor. The Elves and their allies advanced very close to Angband, but Morgoth's trickery had upset their battle plan, and Ulfang proved treacherous. The name "Unnumbered Tears" comes from the fact that the Elves' last hope of victory was destroyed. The land of Hithlum was lost, the Sons of Fëanor were largely scattered, and the peoples of Beleriand had been decimated. Morgoth's Orcs made a heap of the Elven and Mannish dead in the center of Anfauglith.
  • The War of Wrath took place after Eärendil sailed to Valinor and persuaded the Valar to help those whom they had forsaken. The Valar gathered an army comprised of Maiar, Vanyar, and those Ñoldor who had stayed in Valinor. The Teleri refused their aid, due to an old offense dealt them by the Ñoldor of Beleriand, but consented to ferry the armies of the Valar in their famous ships. This battle marked the first appearance of the winged dragons, most notably Ancalagon the Black, but the Valar had the day. Morgoth was captured, and cast out of Arda, but his lands, as well as most of Beleriand, had been destroyed and sunk under the sea in the heat of battle.

See also: Timeline of the First Age. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, the Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle-under-Stars) was the second battle of the Wars of Beleriand, but the first fought by the Ñoldor. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Hithlum is the region north of Beleriand near the Helcaraxë. Hithlum was separated from Beleriand proper by the Ered Wethrin mountain chain, and was named after the sea mists which formed there at times: Hithlum is Sindarin for Mist... Fëanor is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth universe, and central to Tolkiens mythology as told in The Silmarillion. ... In J. R. R. Tolkienss fictional Middle-earth, the Dagor Aglareb was the third battle of the Wars of Beleriand, known as the Glorious Battle. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Iron Mountains or Ered Engrin were an immense mountain range in the north. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, the Dagor Bragollach was the fourth battle of the Wars of Beleriand, known as the Battle of Sudden Flame. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Ard-galen (Green Region), later Anfauglith, was the wide green plain that lay north of the highlands of Dorthonion and south of Morgoths fortress of Angband in the Iron Mountains, in the First Age. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorthonion (Land of Pines), later Taur-nu-Fuin, was a highland region of the First Age, lying immediately to the north of Beleriand, and south of the plains of Ard-galen (later Anfauglith) that bordered Morgoths stronghold of Thangorodrim. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Nirnaeth Arnoediad or (Battle of) Unnumbered Tears was the disastrous Fifth Battle in the Wars of Beleriand. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, Bór was a leader of a people of Easterlings or Swarthy Men during the First Age. ... Ulfang is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Combatants Host of the Valar, Edain Servants of Morgoth Commanders Eönwë, Eärendil Morgoth, Balrogs†, Ancalagon the Black† Strength Casualties Unknown Most balrogs, uncounted legions of Orcs In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the War of Wrath, or the Great Battle was the final war against Morgoth... For the Anglo-Saxon name, see Earendel. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe, Middle-earth, the Valar are the Powers of Arda who live on the Western continent of Aman. ... The Maiar are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Middle-earth. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Vanyar are the highest of the High Elves. ... The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ... Ancalagon the Black was a dragon in J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Arda is the world in which all of the events occur, including the continents of Middle-earth and Aman. ... This article includes several timelines relating to J. R. R. Tolkiens fiction. ...


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Encyclopedia of Arda: First Age (214 words)
First, and shortest by far, of the Four Ages chronicled by Tolkien.
The First Age began with the Return of the Noldor to Middle-earth, the first rising of the Moon and the Sun, and the Awakening of Men in Hildórien.
The end of the First Age was marked by the return of many of the Noldor, accompanied also by many Sindarin Elves, into the West to dwell on Tol Eressëa.
First Age (1197 words)
The First Age is the shortest of the four ages als given by Tolkien´s books.
Beleriand, originally only the country around the By of Balar, is the region to the far west and north of Middle-Earth which was destroyed at the end of the First Age during the War of Wrath.
In the year one of the First Age the Noldorian Exiles arrived in the north-west of Beleriand under the leadership of Fëanor and where attacked by Morgoth´s forces in Mithrim.
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