Fountain guards

Fountain guards are elite guards of the kingdom of Gondor in J. R. R. Tolkien's . They are the best soldiers in all the kingdom and guard in permanence the White Tree of Gondor.
The Fountain guards wore similar equipment to that of ordinary knights of Gondor, though more finely crafted.
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. They also wore black scarves over the bottom part of their faces. 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 made of Mithril and heirlooms from ancient times. While they were Númenórean in design, they were not in origin. Few helms escaped the Downfall, save perhaps those of Elendil (which became the White Crown), Isildur and Anárion. Anárion's was crushed by a stone-cast from Barad-dûr.
The Fountain guards were mainly a spear-carrying unit; each soldier carried a spear as his 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.
The Fountain guards saw little combat during the War of the Ring. Though the city burned around them and the air swarmed with Fell Beasts, they remained at their posts, guarding their Steward and the White Tree all through the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
They appear in the game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth as Gondor's spear class. They can only be created from a rank 2 Gondor Barracks and cost more to recruit than normal soldiers. Their formation is interchangeable between their default line formation and a dense "shield wall" formation, where they gain 80% armor but lose 75% speed. They return in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II as Gondor's spear-carrying class.
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