Beregond pippin

Beregond, captain of the Guards, with Pippin

The Guards of the Citadel, sometimes referred to as the Guards of the Tower of Gondor, were the warriors responsible for guarding the upmost level of Minas Tirith, especially the courtyard that held the fountain and the White Tree of Gondor.

They served as personal bodyguards to the Kings of Gondor, and later to the Stewards of Gondor until King Aragorn II Elessar's coronation.

They were mainly a stationary guard unit, rather than a mobile force, though were sometimes seen acting as a mobile guard when travelling with the Steward. They were headed by a Captain of the Citadel, who was chosen by the Steward from nobility or high military ranks.


The Tower Guards saw little combat during the War of the Ring. Though the city burned around them and the air swarmed with Fell Beasts at the Siege of Gondor, they remained at their posts, guarding their Steward and the White Tree all throughout the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

When Peregrin Took arrived with Gandalf the White in Minas Tirith, he offered his services as payment for Boromir's sacrifice to save his life. He was outfitted in the garb of the Tower, and was instructed by Beregond of the Third Company, though did not join the normal ranks, and acted as personal esquire to the Steward Denethor. Peregrin was the only Guard to leave the Citadel during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, fleeing to the city gates to fetch Gandalf to save Faramir from Denethor's madness. Beregond as well left his post and killed a fellow, breaking his oath and losing his position as a member of the Guard, in order to keep the fires from Faramir until Gandalf's arrival.

After the battle, at least some of the Tower Guards left the city, joining the company of King Elessar as he journeyed to the Black Gate of Mordor.[citation needed]

There were at least 3 Companies of the Guard as mentioned by Beregond while speaking with Peregrin.

Known members


The Citadel Guards wore similar armor to that of ordinary knights of Gondor, though finer crafted – believed by some to be a gift of the Dwarves to Gondor in an earlier time.

In the book they are described as wearing a uniform of black robes and black surcoats, embroidered in white with a tree in blossom under a silver crown and many-pointed stars. Their helms were high-crowned and pointed, with long cheek-guards fitting to the face, and above these were set the white wings of sea-birds to honor their seafaring Númenórean heritage; the helms were Mithril and heirlooms from ancient times. They carried swords for close combat.

As an esquire, Peregrin Took wore mail forged of black steel, a helm with raven-wings and a silver star in the center above the forehead, and a black surcoat with the device of the White Tree sewn in silver. He bore a short sword from the Barrow-downs.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

In and only in Peter Jackson's third film The Return of the King, there are two different Guard variations. Guards of the Fountain shown guard the White Tree, and there are only four of them shown at any given time. The actual 'Citadel Guards' appear occasionally in the background, in Faramir's Osgiliath flashback guarding Denethor, and when Denethor attempts to burn Faramir.


Tower guard

A Fountain Tower Guard as shown in Return of the King film

In the film adaptation, the Fountain Guards stationed in the Fountain Court itself wore black capes that concealed most of their armor, and black cloths over the lower halves of their faces. The Citadel guards wore normal Gondor armor, but with small wings attached flush to the helmet.

Video games

  • The Order of the Tower Guard is a lore-based kinship in Lord of the Rings: Online on the Landroval server; the Guard of the Citadel form the kernal of lore for the guild, who function as a mobile entity of the Guard.  Lore focuses on the mysteries of the White Trees of Gondor and the transition of the Third Age to the Fourth Age, and has its roots in the Elven stewardship of Celeborn at Tol Eressëa.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Lyfwag van die Sitadel
Albanian Garda e Kala
Arabic حارس القلعة
Armenian Ցիտադեի պահակ
Azerbaijani Qala qorunması
Basque Zitadela Guardia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вартаўнік Цытадэлі
Bengali নগরদুর্গ এর গার্ড
Bosnian Čuvar citadela
Bulgarian Cyrillic Охрана на Цитадела
Burmese နန်းတော်၏စောင့်တပ်ဖွဲ့
Catalan Guàrdia de la Ciutadella
Cebuano Pagbantay sa Kuta
Chinese 城堡警卫
Croatian Čuvar Citadela
Czech Stráž citadely
Danish Vagt på citadellet
Dutch Bewaker van de Citadel
Esperanto Gvardio de la Citadelo
Estonian Tsitadelli valvur
Filipino Ang mga bantay ng mga kuta
Finnish Sitadelli vartija
French Garde de la Citadelle
Frisian Wacht fan de Sitadel
Galician Garda da Cidadela
German Wächter der Zitadelle
Greek Φρουρά της Ακρόπολη
Gujarati સિટાડેલના રક્ષક
Haitian Creole Gad nan baz la
Hebrew שומר שומר של המצודה
Hindi गढ़ के गार्ड
Hungarian A Fellegvár Őr
Icelandic Vörður af Kastali
Igbo Nche nke Nnukwu ụlọ
Irish Garda an Caisleán
Italian Guardia della Cittadella
Japanese 城塞の衛兵
Kannada ಸಿಟಾಡೆಲ್ನ ಗಾರ್ಡ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Цитадель қорғау
Korean 요새의 감시
Kurdish Nobetgir wekî we Birc ? (Latin)
Latvian Citadeles aizsargs
Lithuanian Apsaugos tarnybos citadelė
Luxembourgish Garde vun der Zitadell
Macedonian Cyrillic Гарда на Цитаделата
Malagasy Mpiambina ny ny toeram-Pamaharana
Malay Pengawal Kubu Kota
Maltese Gwardja taċ-Ċittadella
Marathi गडाचा गार्ड
Mongolian Cyrillic Цайз-ийн хамгаалалт ?
Nepalese को महल को गार्ड
Norwegian Vakt av Citadell
Persian گارد قلعه
Polish Strażnicy Cytadeli
Portuguese Guarda da Cidadela
Punjabi ਕਿਲਾ ਦਾ ਗਾਰਡ
Romanian Garda citadelă
Romansh Chastè ?
Russian Стражи Цитадели
Scottish Gaelic Geàrd de na Caisteal
Serbian Гуард од Цитаделе (Cyrillic) Гарда od Citadele (Latin)
Sinhalese බලකොටුවේ ආරක්ෂකයා
Slovak Stráže z Citadela
Slovenian Stražar Citadela
Spanish Guardia de la Ciudadela
Swedish Vakten av Citadell
Tamil சிட்டாடல் காவலர்
Telugu కోట యొక్క గార్డ్
Thai ยามเนินปราสาท
Turkish Muhafız Kale
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гвардія Цитадель
Urdu رازگڑھ کی گارڈ
Welsh Gwarchodlu'r Caer
Yiddish היטן פון די סיטאַדעל
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