History of Arda

Years of the Lamps
Years of the Trees
Years of the Sun

Ages of Arda

First Age
Second Age
Third Age
Fourth Age
Timeline of Arda

The coronation of Elessar, the High King of Arnor and Gondor

The Fourth Age was the time period that followed the War of the Ring. It was an age of peace, and was also known as the "Age of Men".


The Fourth Age began after Sauron was vanquished and the One Ring was destroyed. The Shire and the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor were restored. It marked the ascent of Men and the final diminishing of the Elves. Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, Bilbo and Frodo sailed for the Undying Lands.

The allies of Sauron suffered a devastating blow that would take them centuries to recover, if they did at all. Harad was defeated and concluded a peace with King Aragorn II Elessar, by which Umbar, whose fleet had been completely destroyed in the mouths of the Anduin, was returned to Gondor, and South Gondor also annexed. The Easterlings also suffered a terrible defeat as their Orc allies fled in terror from the Battle of the Black Gate. However, King Elessar, his descendants and allies such as King Éomer still on occasion warred with their enemies over land, particularly over the bitterly contested region of the Sea of Rhûn. King Elessar died in FO 120 and was succeeded by his son Eldarion who ruled until about FO 220. Of the kings of the Reunited Kingdom after him, nothing is known.

Tolkien said that he thought the distance between the end of the Third Age and the 20th century A.D. was about 6000 years, and that 1958 should have been around the end of the Fifth Age if the Fourth and Fifth Ages were about the same length as the Second and Third Ages. He said, however, in a letter written in 1958 that he believed the Ages had quickened and that it was about the end of the Sixth Age or beginning of the Seventh (this letter is referred to in the "Fourth Age" article of The Encyclopedia of Arda, as mentioned below).[1][2]

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Translated name
Afrikaans Vierde Ouderdom
Albanian Mosha e katërt
Amharic አራተኛ እድሜ
Arabic العصر الرابع
Armenian չորրորդ Տարիք
Azerbaijani Dördüncü Dövr
Basque Laugarren Aroa
Belarusian Cyrillic Чацвёртая Эпоха
Bengali চতুর্থ যুগ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Четвърта Епоха
Cambodian អាយុទីបួន
Catalan Quarta Edat
Cebuano Ikaupat nga Edad
Chinese 第四紀元
Cornish ooj-Pajwora ?
Croatian Četvrto doba
Czech Čtvrtý věk
Danish Fjerde alder
Dutch Vierde Era
Esperanto Kvara Aĝo
Estonian Neljas vanus
Fijian IKava ni yabaki ?
Filipino Ikaapat na Edad
Finnish Neljäs Aika (kausi)
French Quatrième âge
Galician Cuarta Idade
Georgian მეოთხე ეპოქა
German Viertes Zeitalter
Greek τέταρτη εποχή
Gujarati ચોથી ઉંમર
Hebrew העידן הרביעי
Hindi चौथा आयु
Hmong Plaub hnub nyoog
Hungarian Negyedik kor
Icelandic Fjórða Öldin
Indonesian Tahun ke-empat
Irish Gaelic Ceathrú Aois
Italian Quarta Era
Japanese 第四紀
Kannada ನಾಲ್ಕನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸು
Kazakh Cyrillic төртінші Жасы
Korean 제 4 시대
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Төртүнчү жашы
Latin Quartum Aetate
Latvian Ceturtā vecuma
Lithuanian Ketvirta Amžius
Luxembourgish Véierten Alter
Macedonian Cyrillic Четврто Години
Malagasy Taona Fahaefatra
Malay keempat Umur
Maltese Ir-raba 'età
Manx eash Kiarroo
Marathi चौथ्या वय
Mongolian Cyrillic дөрөв дэх Нас
Nepalese चौथो आयु
Norwegian Fjerde tideverv
Pashto څلورم عمر
Persian دوران چهارم
Polish Czwarta Era
Portuguese Quarta Era
Punjabi ਚੌਥਾ ਉਮਰ
Romanian A patra eră
Romansh temps Quart
Russian Четвёртая Эпоха
Scottish Gaelic An Ceathramh Aois
Sindhi چوٿين عمر
Sinhalese හතරවන වයස
Slovak Štvrtý vek
Slovenian Četrta doba
Somalian Da'da Afaraad
Spanish Cuarta Edad
Sudanese Kaopat Jaman
Swahili Umri wa Nne
Swedish Fjärde åldern
Tajik Cyrillic Синну чорум
Tamil நான்காம் வயது
Telugu ఫోర్త్ వయసు
Thai ยุคที่สี่แห่งอาร์ดา
Turkish Dördüncü Çağ
Urdu چوتھا عمر
Ukrainian Cyrillic Четверта Епоха
Uzbek Тўртинчидан Йош (Cyrillic) To'rtinchidan Yosh (Latin)
Vietnamese Tuổi thứ tư
Welsh Y Pedwerydd Oes
Yiddish פערט עלטער


  1. The Lord of the Rings: Appendix B
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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