25 August 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 56: Guards of the Citadel

Gondor’s elite military unit, known as the Guards of the Citadel (or the Guard of the Tower of Gondor), was in charge of guarding both the Citadel of Minas Tirith as well as the Court of the Fountain (in which the White Tree was contained). They also participated in official functions.

The Guards were comprised of at least three companies; Beregond belonged to the Third Company. Peregrin Took was also a member of the Guard, though to which Company he belonged is unclear. 

 The Guards of the Citadel wore black surcoats embroidered with a tree beneath a silver crown and many pointed stars (the insignia of Elendil, which only they bore during the time of the Stewards); they also wore Númenorean sea-helms made of mithril. 

Traditionally, the Captain-general of the Guards was the heir of the Steward, and the Captain was probably heir to the throne at the time of the Kings. 

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