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0207 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Part 5: 2480 – 2770

With Gondor increasingly hemmed in, the Rohirrim emerge as a new ally in the struggle against the forces of Mordor, and Saruman is entrusted with Isengard. However, all is not well in the north, as great dragons descend upon the settlements of the dwarves, and a long and deadly winter arrives. Join us as we continue our discussion of Middle-earth’s Third Age!


On this episode, we’re discussing the events spanning TA2480 – TA2770. In this period, with Gondor in continued decline, we witness the birth of Rohan as one of their key allies, as well as the growth of Hobbit civilization.

With Smaug’s coming to Erebor, the dwarves are without a home, and will struggle to find their place in the world. We’ll take a closer look at their struggle as well as the struggles of Rohan and the coming of Aragorn next time.

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Listen to the previous episodes in this series:

Episode 203 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 1
Episode 204 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 2
Episode 205 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 3
Episode 206 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 4

View a list of episodes concerning Lord of the Rings.

Also, don’t forget to check out our series on the Second Age!

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for featuring my previous comment in Ep. 207. As a brief refresher, I said that Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen, is chronologically closer to the present day that to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. I recently stumbled across another piece of chronological information that really made me stop and ponder.

    Two of the most famous genera of non-bird dinosaurs are the herbivore Stegosaurus and carnivore Tyrannosaurus. However, Tyrannosaurus is chronologically closer to the present day than to Stegosaurus. Stegosaurus lived 155 to 150 million years ago, during the Late Jurassic. Tyrannosaurus lived 68 to 66 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. To do the math, the last Stegosaurus lived 82 million years before the first Tyrannosaurus, while the last Tyrannosaurus lived 66 million years before the present. (Jurassic Park shows them living side-by-side, which is funny.)

    On another note, I am impressed by Tolkien’s mastery of long timelines. I would be interested to hear an episode about time before the rising of the sun and moon.

    Have a great day!

    1. We hope to cover the history of other ages as well, and look deeper into pre-First Age history as well!


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