Beregond (soldier of Gondor)
Beregond son of Baranor was the first Captain of the White Company, the guard of Faramir of Ithilien. He was appointed to this rank after he saved the life of Faramir during the Siege of Minas Tirith in the later Third Age, as described in The Lord of the Rings.
Beregond's people originally were from the vales of the White Mountains, most likely in Lossarnach, prior to that they lived in Ithilien. Beregond had two sons, Bergil, who was ten years of age at the time of the War of the Ring, and a younger son named Borlas.
Beregond was a member of the Third Company of the Citadel. He admired Faramir and saw him as a brave warrior and a great leader. Beregond did not travel outside of Minas Tirith often but understood the threat that Sauron posed to the city.
On the morning of March 9th, T.A. 3019, Beregond had no other tasks to perform so he was assigned to help Peregrin Took who had just become a Guard of the Citadel. As Beregond had never met a hobbit before, he was eager to meet Pippin and he was astounded that Pippin looked much like a child yet had faced more dangers than most Men of Gondor.
On the night of March 13th, Beregond saw a strange light in the tower of Minas Tirith and he believed Denethor was confronting Sauron, he was correct as the light was that of the palantir.
On the morning of March 15th, Beregond was on watch as the sentinel at the gate of the Citadel. Pippin rushed to tell him that Denethor was attempting to burn Faramir alive. Beregond knew his duty of protecting Faramir was more important than to remain at his post so he rushed to his Captain at the Silent Street. The guard to the street would not let him pass and Beregond was forced to kill him so he could enter, he regretted his decision but he was forced to act quickly. Two more servants of Denethor's were killed as they attempted to light the funeral pyre. He stood upon the steps with his sword to ward off the rest until Gandalf arrived.
After Faramir was rescued, Denethor would still not give up, and drew a knife to attempt to kill his son, but Beregond stepped forward to block Denethor. Denethor then gave up and set himself on fire and died.
Beregond stood guard over Faramir at the Houses of Healing and was present when he awoke.
On March 25th, at the Battle of the Morannon, Beregond stood in the front rank with Pippin and a great Troll-chief stunned and nearly killed him, but Pippin was able to kill the Troll and save Beregond.
Upon Aragorn II's coronation on May 1st, Beregond was brought forward to receive judgement for leaving his post and for killing the Denethor's guards on hallowed ground. The penalty would have been death, but the King showed mercy as the deeds were done out of love for Faramir. For his bravery in battle, Aragorn appointed him the Captain of the Guard of Faramir, which was also called the White Company. He later went to live in Emyn Arnen in Ithilien to serve his lord, Faramir, the new Prince of Ithilien.
- The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith (chapter)", "The Siege of Gondor", "The Pyre of Denethor", "The Houses of Healing", "The Black Gate Opens", "The Steward and the King"
- ]]The History of Middle-earth]], The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies,"
- The History of Middle-earth, The Peoples of Middle-earth, "A New Shadow"