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Chronology of the Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings is unusual among Tolkien's works in that a large part of it is not written in Chronological Order. This chronology aligns the chapters by date.

Year (TA) Date The Fellowship    
3001 September 22 A Long-Expected Party
3018 April 12 The Shadow of the Past
3018 September 23–24 Three is Company
3018 Sep. 25 A Short Cut to Mushrooms
A Conspiracy Unmasked
3018 Sep. 26 The Old Forest
3018 Sep. 26-28 In the House of Tom Bombadil
3018 Sep. 28 Fog on the Barrow-downs
3018 Sep. 29 At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
3018 Sep. 29-October 6 A Knife in the Dark
3018 Oct. 7-20 Flight to the Ford
3018 Oct. 24 Many Meetings
3018 Oct. 25 The Council of Elrond
December 25-
January 12
The Ring Goes South
3019 Jan. 13-14 A Journey in the Dark
3019 Jan. 15 The Bridge of Khazad-Dum
3019 Jan. 15-
February 14
3019 Feb. 14 The Mirror of Galadriel
3019 Feb. 16 Farewell to Lorien
3019 Feb. 16-26 The Great River
Year (TA) Date Merry and Pippin Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli Frodo and Sam
3019 Feb. 26 The Departure of BoromirThe Breaking of the Fellowship
The Departure of Boromir
The Breaking of the Fellowship
3019 Feb. 26-28 The Uruk-Haithe Riders of Rohan 
3019 Feb. 29-
March 1
Treebeard the White Rider the Taming of Sméagol
3019 Mar. 2  The King of the Golden Hall The Passage of the Marshes
3019 Mar. 3-4  Helm's Deep
The Road to Isengard
3019 Mar. 5 Flotsam and JestsamFlotsam and Jetsam
The Voice of Saruman
The Black Gate Opens
3019 Mar. 6 The Palantir Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Year (TA) Date Gandalf Merry Aragorn Frodo and Sam
3019 Mar. 7    The Window on the West
the Forbidden Pool

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