The Guard of the Citadel, sometimes referred to as The Tower Guard were an elite unit of soldiers in Gondor during the Third and Fourth Ages who guarded the upper levels of Minas Tirith, especially the courtyard that held the fountain and the White Tree of Gondor and gave way to the citadel. They served as personal bodyguards to the Stewards of Gondor, and later to the Kings of Gondor.
As a whole, they were considered to be the best soldiers in the realm of Gondor. Known for their bravery, fighting skills, and unshakable loyalty, they swear an oath against their own lives to serve their lord.
They wore 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 sea-faring Númenórean heritage; the helms were mithril and heirlooms from ancient times.
They were mainly a spear-carrying unit; each soldier carried a spear as their primary weapon, as well as a thick wooden shield painted black with the tree and star of Gondor, and a short ceremonial sword 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 no spear or shield, being too small, but carried the ceremonial short sword, which for him functioned as a normal blade.
A reader requested an outfit for a Gondorian soldier or a Tower Guard. When I think of a soldier from Gondor I picture head to toe shiny silver plate. There is a surprising lack of shiny silver plate in Lotro. Perhaps in future expansions this is something we will see more of. *crosses fingers*
I felt this outfit also looked good matched with the Prized Smokey Black Horse achieved by reaching Kindred standing with the Malledhrim of Mirkwood.
Head: Helm of Vigour, dyed Gold (World Drop)
Shoulders: Hyrde-Axle (Quest:Chapter 10: Herdsmen of the Starkmoor)
Chest: Scout’s Weathered Leather Jacket, dyed Black (Quest:The Ledger)
Hands: Burnished Gauntlets of the Dunland Warlord (Quest:Lost Miner — Wilim)
Feet: Sellsword Boots, dyed White (T6 Crafted)
Back: Warden’s Wrap (Kindred with Warden’s of Annuminas)
Steed: Prized Smokey Black Horse (Kindred standing with the Malledhrim of Mirkwood)
Love this! Cithryth is wearing something similar, but white instead of black and different boots and gloves. I really do love these new armour sets!
I used to play Battle for Middle Earth a lot, and this is pretty much as close as it gets to the Tower Guards in game =) Brilliant, thanks for posting!
Ahhh you managed to keep your shoulders “intact”. I had the shoulders from the other quest and they changed appearance with update 5. I’ll have to wait for my next character to go through Dunland, or keep my fingers crossed they fix things with update 6.
The outfit is excellent, as always. I like the deep black and the shiny accessories do give it a polished plate look.
This is awesome! I’m always trying to make Gondorian outfits — this one really nails it. Great job Devonna! 😀
very beautiful outfit! the combination of silver plate and black haubaerk & cloak looks great 🙂 i also love how you didn’t forget of Peregrin 🙂
i love it, and nice thingy about the tower guards there, where did u gat that info?
Lord of The Rings Wiki and a book I own called The Complete Guide To Middle-Earth by Robert Foster
its, so, epic….. i cant describe it…
Wow this is quite amazing….
Thank you for assembling this…
I am an officer on The Guard of The Citadel On The Imladris Server… Our outfit is rather simple and designed to be able to be used by all races, classes and levels.
However this is an amzing outfit… We might consider using it as an officers outfit!
Also the Website Of The Guard is located at http://guardofthecitadel.webs.com/ if anyone wants to check it out!
I wish to say thank you as well, I am an Officer as well as Successor in the kin: Guard of the Citadel (RP) of Imladris, you have inspired us a great deal with this outfit, we are revamping our uniform as a result. And as my fellow Winterwolf has said above, we hope to make this our officer’s Uniform.
I myself am a total lotro cosmetic nut and have just found this site, and am in heaven, Valanor, Undying Lands or what ever you call it! Thank you again! This is Epic, no other word to describe. 🙂
I am so happy that I was able to inspire your kinship. Thank you for letting me know, I love hearing input like this 🙂
Are there any other ways to get “Scout’s Weathered Leather Jacket”? I’ve already completed that quest and didn’t keep the armor. Are there any other items (crafted / barter) with the same appearance?
Check my ROI guide and also try the Men of Dunland and the Rohirrim reputation vendors. You might find something there.
thats a great outfit! ive been looking for that helm for ages though!
do you know whereabouts its dropped from? there seems to be a few different helms of vigour out there lol
Thank you 🙂 I am glad you like it.
I’m sorry I don’t know specifically where it drops. I would check the auction house and any world drop you collect. Always be checking their appearance in the dressing room. You never know when you will get something you really like.
That is excactly how i picture Gondorian armour being.
PS. i dont know where to make suggestions so i will just do it here, How a bout a numenorean armour costume, i know the men of bree helm is similar to the numenoran helm in the film so maybe that can be a start?
IS there anything else one may replace the helm with? finding one has proved a challenge.
There are a few quest rewards from Dunland that I think would look nicely. Look at my guide, 2nd row > middle of hats and helms.
For anyone out there still reading this:
The helm has the same appearance as the haevy armor set sold in Rivendell
wonderful, thank you for sharing 🙂
I like it,personally,i think too many people post cliche looking armour sets full of colour,this is a classic tower guard looks =D,love it. I think more atention should be pointed to games and movies and legit looking outfits,i love your recreation of the tower guard!
though,didn’t the tower guard’s have big and long metal shields + wear gondorian capes (with the tree on it),besides that,i am in love with the outfit you made,good job!
great, just amazing, i wish this was sold in the ingame manequins!