A Brief History of Middle-earth in the Third AgeDecember 14, 2012
We thought we'd do something completely different today, and have a bit of fun!
With the film "The Hobbit" coming out, the goings-on in Middle-earth are on some people's minds again.
JRR Tolkien set The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in a fascinating world, with its own highly elaborate, and extremely well-worked out, history. He clearly possessed a very good historical understanding: the history of the Third Age of Middle-earth is a wonderful story of the decline and fall of a great civilization (my guess is that he was influenced by Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; there are many parallels).
Anyhow, we have spent a little time creating what is basically a quick, rough overview of the history of Middle-earth in the Third Age. It contains only a tiny selection of vast amount of detailed information which Tolkien put into his work: there are literally hundreds and hundreds of people, places, genealogies, races and so on. We have selected a tiny, tiny fragment of this, to give you a broad overview (otherwise we would have been on with it for months, rather than the few hours we set aside for this little project!).
By Peter Britton
this is so dumb