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Year 2941 – The Hobbit

October 30

  • Bilbo finds and opens the Secret Door

Soon he saw the orange ball of the sun sinking towards the level of his eyes. He went to the opening and there pale and faint was a thin new moon above the rim of Earth. At that very moment he heard a sharp crack behind him. There on the grey stone in the grass was an enormous thrush, nearly coal black, its pale yellow breast freckled dark spots. Crack! It had caught a snail and was knocking it on the stone. Crack! Crack!

[The Hobbit, Chapter 11: On the Doorstep]

November 1

  • Bilbo returns to Smaug’s chamber in the afternoon

November 2

  • The Dwarves venture into the mountain

November 3

  • Thorin learns news of Smaug’s death from the ravens

 

Year 3019 – The Lord of the Rings

October 28

  • Gandalf and the Hobbits reach Bree at nightfall

October 30

  • They leave Bree
  • The ‘Travellers’ come to the Brandywine Bridge at dark

November 1

  • They are arrested at Frogmorton

November 2

  • They come to Bywater and rouse the Shire-folk

November 3

  • Battle of Bywater, and Passing of Saruman
  • End of the War of the Ring
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