((OOC: I never found a good timeline of important events for hobbits, so I started one of my own. Please let me know of errors, and please suggest additions and changes! It follows the following format: Third age year (Year by Shire reckoning) Event description Hope it is of use!)) *dips a quill into a bottle of ink and starts writing a timeline of events of hobbit interest* Pre-Shire years Pre 1050 (-): The Anduin Years Hobbits live in the Valley of Anduin, between Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains ca 1050 (-): Harfoots Hobbits of Harfoot descent cross west over the Misty Mountains and settle in Eriador (possibly because of Sauron’s growing power in Mirkwood) ca 1150 (-): Fallohides Hobbits of Fallohide descent also cross the Misty Mountains, settling in Eriador. ca 1150 (-): Stoors Hobbits of Stoor descent start crossing west across the Misty Mountains, and continue to do so for the next century. Most settle in or near Enedwaith. ca 1300 (-): Bree-lands Angmar starts to threathen Eriador. Most hobbits settle in and around Bree, although some Stoors flee south to Dunland, and some even return to the Valley of Anduin. Early Shire years 1601 (1 SR): The Founding of the Shire Marcho and Blanco gain permission from the King of Arnor to settle a fertile land west of the Brandywine, later called the Shire. Hobbits in the Shire are formally the King's subjects. ca 1630 (30 SR): The Shire population grows Most hobbits west of the mountains have moved to the Shire, although there is still a sizeable population in and near Bree 1636 (36 SR): The Great Plague A terrible pestilence spreads from the East and reaches Osgiliath this year. The sickness eventually reaches the Shire too. The effects of the plague are felt for the following two centuries. 1974 (374 SR): Arnor falls The Witch-King of Angmar conquers Fornost, the northern kingdom falls. 1975 (375 SR): Battle of Fornost An army from Gondor defeats the Witch-king of Angmar in the Battle of Fornost. A company of hobbit archers are said to participate in the battle, but history shows no records of them. They are said never to return to the Shire 1979 (379 SR): The first Thain The first hobbit Thain is chosen: Bucca of the Marish, from the Oldbucks family. The thainship was set up because the hobbits had no ruler after the fall of Arnor. 2340 (740 SR): The colonization of Buckland Gorthendad Brandybuck, the 12th Thain, leaves the Shire and colonizes Buckland. The Thainship passes to the Tooks, with Isumbras Took being the first Thain of the Took line. ca 2463 (ca 863 SR): Gollum Sméagol, of Stoorish descent and living near the Gladden Fields, kills his cousin to claim a ring found in the Anduin River. He later flees into the Misty Mountains and takes the name Gollum.