The History Of Middle Earth Explained

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy sagas The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were brought to life on the big screen by acclaimed director Peter Jackson, but even though those six movies gave moviegoers hours of the Middle-earth experience, they only cover a small portion of the fictional world’s entire history.

Tolkien created languages, poems, songs, maps, and the history of kingdoms and their people in his books, basing them on medieval Anglo-Saxon history and presenting them as high fantasy.

If you want to take a deep dive into the history of this magical fictional world, here is a breakdown of the history of Middle-earth.

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Before Middle Earth | 0:00
Wars among the gods and the Years of the Lamps | 1:29
The Blessed Realm and the Years of the Trees | 2:37
The history of the elves and the dwarves | 3:26
The Silmarils and the dimming of Valinor | 4:33
The First Age of Middle-earth | 5:28
The Second Age of Middle-earth | 6:38
The downfall of Numenor and the end of the Second Age | 7:47
The Third Age of Middle-earth | 9:04
The War of the Ring | 10:12
The Fourth Age begins | 11:15

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