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)