With the passage of Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf from the Grey Havens, Middle-earth’s Third Age comes to an end. Yet what ultimately became of Sam, Merry, Pippin, and the rest of the Fellowship? How did the Shire benefit from the great sacrifice and heroism of its famed sons? Join us, as we explore the fate of the Fellowship during Middle-earth’s Fourth Age.
On this episode, we’ll be concluding our series on the history of the Third Age as we look at key events from the years after the conclusion of The Lord of the Rings, journey a bit into the Fourth Age.
- THE WAR IN THE NORTH
- Lórien assailed
- The Hosts of Celeborn
- Galadriel Demolishes Dol Guldur
- Thranduil’s Struggle
- The Battle of Erebor
- We’ll skip ahead to SR1422, as the other events are covered in the last several chapters of LOTR. LOTR ends precisely on October 6, TA3021, with Sam’s return to Bag End
- FOURTH AGE / SHIRE RECKONING
- SR1422 / 4A1: 4th Age begins…
- SR1427 / 4A6: Sam elected Mayor of the Shire. Peregrin Took marries Diamond of Long Cleeve. King Elessar issues an edict that Men are not to enter the Shire, and he makes it a Free Land under the protection of the Northern Sceptre.
- SR1430 / 4A9: Peregrin’s son Faramir is born.
- SR1431 / 4A10: Sam’s daughter Goldilocks is born.
- SR1432 / 4A11: Merry (Meriadoc the Magnificent) becomes Master of Buckland.
- SR1434 / 4A13: Peregrin becomes the Took and Thain. King Elessar makes the Thain (Peregrin), the Master (Meriadoc), and the Mayor (Samwise) counsellors of the North-Kingdom.
- SR1436 / 4A15: King Elessar meets his friends at the Brandywine Bridge, and gives the Star of the Dunedain to Master Samwise. Elanor (Sam’s eldest) is made a maid of honor to Queen Arwen.
- SR1441 / 4A20: Sam becomes Mayor a third time.
- SR1442 / 4A21: Sam, Rose, and Elanor ride to Gondor and stay there for a year. Tolman Cotton (Rose’s brother) serves as deputy Mayor.
- SR1448 / 4A27: Sam Mayor 4x.
- SR1451 / 4A30: Elanor marries Fastred of Greenholm.
- SR1452 / 4A31: Westmarch added to The Shire. Pretty significant western expansion.
- SR1454 / 4A33: Elfstan Fairbairn, son of Fastred and Elanor, is born. Sam’s first grandchild.
- SR1455 / 4A34: Sam = 5x mayor.
- SR1462 / 4A41: Sam = 6x mayor. He would be 41 + 41 = 82yo. Fastred made warden of the Westmarch. Undertowers note…
- SR1463 / 4A42: Faramir Took marries Goldilocks, daughter of Samwise.
- SR1469 / 4A48: Sam = 7x mayor. 89yo. Last time, term ends in 1476, he is 96yo.
- SR1482 / 4A61: Death of Rose. Sam rides west, last seen by Elanor at the Tower Hills, gives her the Red Book of Westmarch. Sam passes over the Sea.
- SR1484 / 4A63: Merry and Pippin resign their offices to their sons, ride over the Sarn Ford, southward to visit King Eomer. Holdwine? Eomer passes away during their visit, and then they leave for Gondor and eventually both pass away there.
- SR1541 / 4A120: Aragorn dies. Meriadoc and Peregrin are laid beside him. Legolas builds a ship in Ithilien, and he and Gimli set sail “over the Sea”.
So that gets us to LOTR, which we assume, by now, you know the plot of. If you don’t, well, go read it, and listen to the episodes we did on it. Next time, we’ll take a look at the timeline events *after* LOTR.
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Listen to the previous episodes in this series:
Episode 203 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 1: Three Millennia
Episode 204 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 2: SA3320 – TA861
Episode 205 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 3: 861 – 1976
Episode 206 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 4: 1977 – 2480
Episode 207 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 5: 2480 – 2770
Episode 208 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 6: 2770 – 2941
Episode 209 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Pt 7: 2942 – 3017
Also, don’t forget to check out our series on the Second Age!
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