In this year happened most of the events told of in The Hobbit, though not all mentioned below are told of in the book.
- Bilbo is visited by Gandalf and the Thirteen dwarves at Bag End and goes with them on a quest to recover the treasure from Smaug in Erebor.
- Bilbo finds the One Ring.
- Gandalf visits the High Fells of Rhudaur and finds Radagast. After discovering the Nazgûl have escaped, he visits Dol Guldur and finds Thrain II. While helping him to escape, Sauron kills Thrain and overpowers Gandalf. (Movie)
- Esgaroth is visited by Bilbo and the 13 dwarves in The Hobbit, when they travel down a river in barrels
- Esgaroth is attacked by the dragon Smaug, who is consequentially killed by Bard the Bowman.
- The White Council attacks Dol Guldur, rescues Gandalf, and drives Sauron to Mordor.
- The Battle of the Five Armies takes place. Thorin II Oakenshield, Fíli and Kíli are killed.
- Dain II becomes King under the Mountain.
- The White Council drives Sauron, who had been disguised as the Necromancer, out of his hiding in Dol Guldur.