The History of Middle-earth: One Big Chart to Rule Them All

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As much as we love "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" and all that Middle-earth whimsicality, we have to admit that, frankly, we have just about no damn idea what's actually happening most of the time. Seriously, the first "Lord of the Rings" movie has a seven-minute prologue just to introduce the ring. Our high school history teachers would be amazed we stayed awake through that much backstory.

Well, if you're like us, then today is your lucky day, because once again the internet, in the form of's exhaustive explainers and graphics, has come to the rescue in the form of this amazing chart, detailing all 4860 years of the One Ring's deadly history.

Yes, from the forging by Sauron to that weird part in "The Return of the King" where those random giant eagles came out of nowhere and rescued Frodo, it's all here in one handy graphic.

So check it out. And learn why, when it comes to the history of made up magical worlds, there's just One Big Chart to rule them all. Head to LOTRProject for the full-size graphic, along with a plethora of other Hobbit-related geekery.