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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

  • 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. End of the Sixth Age and beginning of the Seventh.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2012 AD - The Notion Club Papers are found by Howard Green, Clerk of the Schools at Oxford, and published by the university press.
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