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Captain of the White Tower

Commander of the forces of Minas Tirith

Denethor II
Finduilas
Boromir
Faramir
The two recorded Captains of the White Tower (shown here in bold text) were the sons of Steward Denethor II. When Boromir left Gondor to search for Imladris, the title passed to his younger brother Faramir, implying that it was typically held by the heirs of the Ruling Steward.

The title given to the leader of the military forces of Minas Tirith. In the years leading to the end of the Third Age, the title was held by Boromir, elder son of Steward Denethor. When Boromir went north to seek Imladris and ultimately join the Fellowship of the Ring, the role of Captain fell on his younger brother Faramir.

The fact that the Captaincy transferred from Boromir to his brother Faramir implies that it was traditionally taken by the heir of the Ruling Steward, but we have no earlier historical references to confim this. Though the title referred to the White Tower in the Citadel of Minas Tirith, the Captain clearly held command over the soldiers of Minas Tirith, and perhaps farther afield. It was apparently used interchangeably 'Captain of Gondor', suggesting that the Captain held overall command of Gondor's military forces, or at least those in direct service to the Steward.1


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At least in military terms, Gondor seems to have had something of a feudal arrangement, in that individual lords would retain control over their own soldiery, an arrangement that had significant effects during the War of the Ring. In that war many of the coastal lords sent relatively small contingents to the defence of Minas Tirith, keeping back many of their forces to defend their own fiefs against raiders. The Captain of the White Tower, then, clearly did not hold direct command over all of Gondor's soldiers, but was apparently the overall commander of those defending Minas Tirith.

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