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Court of the Fountain

The lawn where the Dead Tree stood

The green space before the doors to the hall of the Stewards of Gondor, the Court stood in the highest part of Minas Tirith, and was patrolled by the Guards of the Citadel. In its centre was a fountain and pool, and over the pool, thoughout most of Minas Tirith's history, spread the branches of a White Tree. When the White Tree died at the end of Belecthor II's rule and no seedling could be found, the Dead Tree was left standing in the Court for one hundred and forty-seven years. After the War of the Ring, Gandalf guided Aragorn to find a sapling among the snows of Mindolluin. The Dead Tree was removed to the Hallows, and a new White Tree took its place by the fountain in the Court.

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