The Fourth Age is one of the nine ages of the world. It is known as the Age of Iron and is the second Age of Ruin. [1]

It has been said that the fourth age was around 2000 years ago. Given that the 9th Age is 962 years long so, this means the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Age combined were about 1000 years long. [2]

Events Edit


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These are notable events taking place in the Fourth Age, listed (approximately) chronologically:

The World Hymn Edit

Main article: World Hymn

The World Hymn is a dwarven carving of a poem that details all the nine ages of the world. It was later copied to an Equitan tapestry and supplemented with imagery. A transcript of the poem and the image for the fourth age are both shown below. [1]
BRB 4th Age
4.1 Edit

An Age of Ruin, an Age of Iron
As split was world so too were we
Our only hope a foreign truce
With Avras proud we did ally
To war ‘gainst fate we did return

4.2 Edit

From elves disloyal no aid was found
‘Cross endless sea retreat and flee
Unfit they are of dwarven aid
Not worth the fire of dwarven rage
The path they tread is ruin bound

4.3 Edit

Of orcs​ of men of beasts no end
Now war and siege and misery
As one we kill so sprout two more
And flight nor fight avail a dwarf
Our dominance so too now rent

4.4 Edit

Endless foes did split us sunder
The orc​ and beast our gates did press
The hold’s rings split like maille from axe
No valour​ won could mend the loss
As foreign blades took our plunder

4.5 Edit

Our kith and kin no longer free
Our axe and shields​ unequal were
Our vengeance sworn forever be

Sources Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The World Hymn: the 4th Age (T9A:FB Rulebook, v1.3.5, p128)
  2. Post by Calisson
Ages of the world
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
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