“On This Day in Mordor” is a chronicle of the War of the Ring
from the vantage point of Mordor, from April 3018 to the fall of Sauron in March of 3019.
Here we explore not only the mind of Sauron as he strives to recapture the One Ring
and prepares to assault Middle-earth, but also we follow the Nazgûl, Saruman, the Mouth of Sauron, Orcs, Balrogs, perhaps even the thoughts of spiders and wargs!
We will follow all the Dark Creatures of Shadow and the parts they play in the final battle for Middle-earth.
This list of days, follows the line of the books rather than the films, and though we are imagining what would be in the mind of Sauron and his minions…
the writings here will always stay within the strictures of the Tolkien Canon. However the content found in these pages is strictly fictional and they fall
within the realm of the Tolkien Legendarium.
Over the course of a year from April to March of next year, we built this Timeline of Mordor one day at a time.
We structured our Timeline in much the same way Professor Tolkien built his in the Appendices of The Return of the King.
You can lay your staff upon each of the dates below and it will take you to the individual pages detailing the events
of that particular day in The Land of Shadow.
The Third Age of Middle-earth the Year 3018
April 6 The Dark Lord prepares to launch his first major assault on Middle-earth
April 14 Sauron commands his Servant Saruman to the Palantir for questioning
April 19 A band of Black Uruks leg it across Gorgoroth with a message for Minas Morgul
April 30 Sauron gathers all evil creatures unto him, within the mountain walls of Mordor
May 9 News has come to Mordor from Dol Guldur about the vile creature Gollum
May 13 Uruks sent from the Dark Tower on a secret errand in the North
May 16 The Mouth of Sauron waits upon his Master in the Throne Room of Barad-dûr
May 22 The Black Gate of Mordor opens to Easterlings of Rhûn, savage men of the East
May 29 Shagrat watches over the pass of Cirith Ungol waiting for Uruks from Lugbúrz
June 3 Orcs from Mordor travel north to Khazad-dûm, the Black Pit of Moria
June 12 With the Palantir of Barad-dûr, Sauron calls forth the first assault
June 20 On the night of the new Moon the first assault against Osgiliath begins
June 29 Saruman stands under a sickle Moon atop the lofty pinnacle of Orthanc
July 1 The Dark Lord sends out an urgent summons to the Nine Nazgûl
July 10 Saruman awaits the coming of Gandalf Greyhame
July 20 Gollum slips away from the Black Uruks of Dol Guldur
July 26 The Nazgûl stand before the throne of the Dark Lord
July 31 The Man of Rhûn stood upon the plain and watched the courier from the Dark Tower
August 8 Everywhere the spies of Mordor crept, spying out the lands of the West
August 16 The Orcs suffered the wrath of the Dark Lieutenant of Dol Guldur for losing Gollum
August 25 Gollum crosses the great River and find his way deep into Khazad-dûm
August 31 The Orc Camp at the base of Mount Doom boils like an anthill
Sept 7 The Nazgûl ride forth concealed as riders in black in search of the Ring
Sept 13 The Lord of the Nazgûl waits beside the great river Anduin
Sept 18 Gandalf Greyhame escapes Orthanc as the Nazgûl cross the River Isen
Sept 22 The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford and drive off the Rangers of the North
Sept 23 A Black Rider comes to Hobbiton at nightfall
Sept 25 Four Black Riders meet upon the Brandywine Bridge at night
Sept 28 A deadly fog descends upon the Barrow Downs
Sept 30 The Black Riders attack Buckland and Bree on this dark September night
Oct 3 Gandalf is attacked at night on Weathertop by the Nine Nazgûl
Oct 6 Five of the Nazgûl attack the dell below Weathertop
Oct 11 The Nazgûl Engage Glorfindel upon the Bridge of Mitheithel
Oct 20 The Black Riders Race to the Ford of Bruinen
Oct 31 The creature Gollum discovers he is trapped in the halls of Moria
Nov 8 Wormtongue rides to Isengard in the dead of night
Nov 13 Word has reached Barad-dûr that the Nazgûl have failed!
Nov 23 Nazgûl reenter Mordor through the Black Gate!
Nov 29 The Balrog of Moria takes audience with an Emissary from Dark Tower
Dec 4 The Lord of the Nazgûl takes to the air upon the winged Fell Beast
Dec 14 The Messenger from Mordor comes to Erebor for the last time
Dec 24 The Dark Lord has withdrawn all of his spies in to hiding
Dec 31 Saruman was called once again to the Palantir of Orthanc
The Third Age of Middle-earth the Year 3019
Jan 8 Crebain fly over all the lands of Eregion and Enedwaith
Feb 14 The Dark Lord feels the presence of the One Ring
Feb 23 The Nazgûl waited in the darkness upon the eastern shore of the River Anduin
Feb 25 The first stroke against Rohan takes place at the Fords of Isen
Feb 27 Gollum followed the dirty little thieves who stole the Precious
Mar 1 Upon the Eastern Shore of Anduin the Nazgûl waits in the shadows
Mar 5 Sauron looked deep into the Palantir of Orthanc
Mar 10 The Dawnless Day breaks upon Middle-earths
Mar 15 The Witch-king’s assault on the Gate of Minas Tirith
Mar 20 The Shadow withdraws into the confines of Mordor
Mar 25 Here… at the end of all things!