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At the end of the [[Third Age]], they were the only soldiers of [[Gondor]] to be liveried in the arms of [[Elendil]] himself - a white tree in blossom, surmounted by a silver crown and stars, all embroidered on a field of black. They also bore heirlooms of [[Gondor]]'s ancient wealth, tall helmets wrought out of [[mithril]], and bearing the carved wings of sea-birds. The numbers of these Guards is not known, but there seem to have been at least three companies; [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond, son of Baranor]] belonged to the Third Company.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]"</ref>
 
At the end of the [[Third Age]], they were the only soldiers of [[Gondor]] to be liveried in the arms of [[Elendil]] himself - a white tree in blossom, surmounted by a silver crown and stars, all embroidered on a field of black. They also bore heirlooms of [[Gondor]]'s ancient wealth, tall helmets wrought out of [[mithril]], and bearing the carved wings of sea-birds. The numbers of these Guards is not known, but there seem to have been at least three companies; [[Beregond (soldier of Gondor)|Beregond, son of Baranor]] belonged to the Third Company.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Return of the King]]'', "[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]"</ref>
  
In the past, they had watched over the [[White Tree of Gondor|White Tree]] that stood in the [[Court of the Fountain (Minas Tirith)|Court of the Fountain]], though at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], that Tree had been dead for nearly one hundred and fifty years. After the War, the new King [[Aragorn II|Elessar]], with the aid of [[Gandalf]], found a new seedling of the Tree, and the Guards' great duty was refounded.  
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In the past, they had watched over the [[White Tree of Gondor|White Tree]] that stood in the [[Court of the Fountain (Minas Tirith)|Court of the Fountain]], though at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], that Tree had been dead for nearly one hundred and fifty years. After the War, the new King [[Aragorn|Elessar]], with the aid of [[Gandalf]], found a new seedling of the Tree, and the Guards' great duty was refounded.  
  
 
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The Guards of the Citadel were those honoured guards of Minas Tirith who were charged with protecting the Citadel, the highest and most important tier of the city.

At the end of the Third Age, they were the only soldiers of Gondor to be liveried in the arms of Elendil himself - a white tree in blossom, surmounted by a silver crown and stars, all embroidered on a field of black. They also bore heirlooms of Gondor's ancient wealth, tall helmets wrought out of mithril, and bearing the carved wings of sea-birds. The numbers of these Guards is not known, but there seem to have been at least three companies; Beregond, son of Baranor belonged to the Third Company.[1]

In the past, they had watched over the White Tree that stood in the Court of the Fountain, though at the time of the War of the Ring, that Tree had been dead for nearly one hundred and fifty years. After the War, the new King Elessar, with the aid of Gandalf, found a new seedling of the Tree, and the Guards' great duty was refounded.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"