- Second Age
The Second Age is a time period from
J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earthfantasy writings. The history of Middle-earth is to be taken fictionally as a history of the real Earth.
The Second Age began after the banishment of
Morgothinto the Void by the Lords of the West led by Eönwëthe Herald of Manwë.
It lasted for 3441 years, and ended with the downfall of
Sauron, when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Menfollowing the downfall of Númenor.
The 3441 years of the Second Age are, for the most part, unchronicled, unlike the
First Agewhich is largely recounted in " The Silmarillion", and the Third Age, which is the time period during which " The Lord of the Rings" is set. Besides the hints about the Second Age found in "The Lord of the Rings", several shorter writings fill in some of the gap between the downfall of Morgoth at the end of the First Age and the first downfall of Sauron which marked the beginning of the Third Age.
"The Tale of Years" in Appendix B of "The Lord of the Rings" outlines the major events of the Second Age, especially as they relate to the Rings of Power and the events and characters of "
The Lord of the Rings". Appendix A of "The Lord of the Rings" contains genealogies of the royal house of Númenor, and several sections of " Unfinished Talesof Númenor and Middle-earth" deal extensively with Númenor and several of its kings. There are several other writings dealing with the Second Age, but because of the many stories only hinted at in the extant sources, the Second Age remains vague.
"See also: Timeline of the Second Age".
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