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The Seventh Age of Arda is the world as it exists today, from the Second World War (referred to as the "Six Years War" in The Notion Club Papers) to the present.

Notable Events of the Seventh Age

  • 1 AD - Illuvatar enters his own creation according to an Ancient Prophecy and incarnates in the Hroa of a Hildo, among the Judaic peoples. He rises in his mortal life to great influence as a prophet, and instructs Men in the ancient ways of the Ainur, instructing them in the ways of proper and noble philosophy. His incarnation marks the end of the Sixth Age, as mentioned in a letter by J.R.R. Tolkien in the year 1960 of the Seventh Age.[1]
  • History of Audoin, king of the Lombards, and his son Alboin.
  • 5th-6th century AD - Hengest betrays King Finn of Frisia, then is driven across the sea, starting the Germanic invasions of Britain. Arthur reigns in Camelot as King of the Britons; after his death, his body is said to rest in Avalon, the latter-day name of Tol Eressea. Saint Brendan embarks on an imram, or sea journey, recorded in the epic poem, The Voyage of Saint Brendan; he has visions of Meneltarma and the White Tree of Tol Eressea. Beowulf reigns as King of the Geats.
  • 8th-10th century AD - Legend of King Sheave
  • 918 AD - Ælfwine of England travels to Tol Eressea. He meets many Elves in the Cottage of Lost Play, where he translates the Golden Book of Tavrobel into Anglo-Saxon before returning to England.
  • 11th century AD - The village of Narrowthrode in England is founded by Norman invaders, named after Nargothrond as described in Ælfwine's writings. It later becomes a center of learning.
  • 18th century AD - Academic study of The Lay of Leithian (or The Geste of Beren and Lúthien) becomes a subject of renewed interest. Notable writers on the subject include Peabody, Pumpernickel, Bentley, and the authors of the Gestestudien, Schuffer and Schick.
  • 1892 AD - Alboin Errol born in England. J. R. R. Tolkien born in South Africa.
  • 1917 AD - J. R. R. Tolkien begins his translations of the Golden Book of Tavrobel and the Red Book of Westmarch into modern English.
  • 1918 AD - Audoin Errol born to his father Alboin.
  • 1925 AD - J. R. R. Tolkien translates The Lay of Leithian into modern English. His colleague C.S. Lewis publishes an essay on the history of the poem and its criticism.
  • 1929 AD - Michael Ramer born in Hungary.
  • 1934 AD - Alboin Errol and his son Audoin experience visions of the distant past, effectively traveling back in time to Numenor in the time of Elendil, Ælfwine's England, and other points at which their ancestors (possibly earlier incarnations) played important parts in history. They die under mysterious circumstances.
  • 1936 AD - The Hobbit, a novelization of the memoirs of Bilbo Baggins, is published by J. R. R. Tolkien. It meets with only modest success.
  • 1938 AD - Out of the Silent Planet is published by C.S. Lewis; the book has a strong impact on several members of the Notion Club years later. Alwin Arundel Lowdham born in England.
  • 1939 AD - The beginning of the Six Years War between Britain and Germany.
  • 1942 AD - William Trewin Jeremy born in England.
  • 1945 AD - The Six Years War comes to an end, marking the end of the old order of imperial powers and the beginning of a new age of technology.
  • 1947 AD - Edwin Lowdham lost at sea.
  • 1954-1955 AD - The Lord of the Rings, an adaptation of the memoirs of Frodo Baggins from the Red Book of Westmarch by J. R. R. Tolkien, is published. It is read by only a few intellectuals and fantasy fans and quickly fades into obscurity.
  • 1960 AD - In a letter, J.R.R. Tolkien establishes the dating for the Seventh Age, mentioning it was the year 1960 of the Seventh Age.
  • 1973 AD - J. R. R. Tolkien dies.
  • 1975 AD - The Great Explosion and Black Hole at the Atomic Reservation in the United States effectively end the American space program.
  • 1977 AD - William Trewin Jeremy reads a manuscript of J. R. R. Tolkien's unfinished book, The Silmarillion (under the pseudonym "John Arthurson"), in a bookstore. The manuscript is later lost.
  • Mid-1980s AD - The Notion Club, a gathering of professors and other intellectuals with an interest in writing, begin meeting at Oxford. Members include Michael Ramer, Alwin Arundel Lowdham, and William Trewin Jeremy.
  • 1986 AD - Michael Ramer, having taught himself "dream-travel", has visions of several planets beyond Earth's solar system, including one that he believes is home to Elves or other immortal beings.
  • 1987 AD - Using Ramer's techniques, Lowdham and Jeremy dream about their ancestors or past lives, including Lowdham's ancestors Elendil of Numenor and Ælfwine of England. The Great Storm, worst in recorded history, devastates the British Isles.
  • Late 1980s AD - Lowdham composes a study of the Adunaic language.
  • 2001-2003 AD - Peter Jackson, a New Zealander film director with British (and a such possibly a small portion of Dúnedain) publishes three film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which quickly become an international phenomena, greatly renewing and increasing interest in Tolkien's works.
  • 2012 AD - The Notion Club Papers are found by Howard Green, Clerk of the Schools at Oxford, and published by the university press.
  • 2012 AD - Three movies, this time loose adaptations of The Hobbit also directed by Peter Jackson are released. They are met with moderate success, compared to that of the original trilogy.

Men of the Seventh Age

Ælfheah ‘the fatherless’ Ælfwine of England Aeneas Alboin King of the Lombards Alboin Errol Alexander Cameron Alwin Arundel Lowdham Arundel Lowdham Audoin King of the Lombards Audoin Errol Bentley Beorn Bior of the Ythlings Ceola of Somerset Céolwulf Colombo Arditi C.S. Lewis Cwén Déor D.N. Borrow Dom Jonathan Markison Dr. Abel Pitt Éadgifu of Lionesse Eädwine Edwin Lowdham Eoh Eriol Eruamillë Finntann the oldest man Geraint of West Wales Heden the leather and fur clad Hengest Heorrenda Horsa Howard Green James Jones of Oxford J.R. Titmass J. R. R. Tolkien John Jethro Rashbold King Arthur King Sheave Michael George Ramer Nicholas Guildford Norman Keeps Old Professor Rashbold Orm Oswin Errol Oswin Lowdham Óswine Prince of Gwar Ottor Peabody Philip Frankley Platon Pumpernickel Queen Elizabeth I of England Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Ranulph Stainer Remus Romulus Rosamunda Rupert Dolbear Sir Gerald Manface Tréowine W.W. Wormald Wilfred Trewin Jeremy

References

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.) The Nature of Middle Earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: VI. The Awaking of the Quendi", p. 39
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