Tolkien Timelines

This page was created on 26-JUL-1997.

Index to the Timelines

  • Oldest Writings (Book of Lost Tales, earliest texts)

  • Book of Lost Tales, latter texts

  • The Shaping of Middle-earth, texts of the 1930s

  • The Lost Road, texts of 1937 and 1938


  • The Notion Club Papers (in Sauron Defeated )

  • Main Timeline

  • Check also Mellonath Daeron's Page What's in the History of Middle-earth?


    My idea is that Middle-earth can be presented as a 5-th dimensional structure. Christopher Tolkien, in the Foreword to _The Book of Lost Tales I_, wrote:

      But the author's vision of his own vision underwent a continual slow shifting, shedding and enlarging; only in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings did parts of it emerge to become fixed in print, in his own lifetime. The study of Middle-earth and Valinor is thus complex; for the object of the study was not stable, but exists, as it were 'longitudianally' in time (the author's lifetime), and not only 'transversely' in time, as a printed book that undergoes no essential further change. By the publication of 'The Silmarillion' the 'longitudinal' was cut 'transversely', and a kind of finality imposed  

    So, we have Middle-earth with five dimensions: three spatial (latitude, longitude and altitude), and two temporal (Christopher's longitudinal and tranverse time, or David Salo's paratime and time ). In the timelines, I will make use of my icon code , to represent events that correlate to other events that are displaced in longitudinal time.

    The way I build the timelines can be seen here

    In each "tolkline", I will try to keep a map, representing each "neighbour" timeline, both in longitudinal and transverse time:

    Previous Age (Past)
    More Primitive Timeline Current Timeline and Age More Evolved Timeline
    Next Age (Future)

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