Places in Middle-earth
Court of the Fountain
Type: Other Constructions
Place of the Fountain
[A] long lamp-lit slope ran up to the seventh gate. Thus men reached at last the High Court, and the Place of the Fountain before the feet of the White Tower: tall and shapely, fifty fathoms from its base to the pinnacle... a thousand feet above the plain....
The Guards of the gate were robed in black.... This was the livery of the heirs of Elendil, and none wore it now... save the Guards of the Citadel before the Court of the Fountain where the White Tree once had grown....
Quickly Gandalf strode across the white-paved court. A sweet fountain played there in the morning sun, and a sward of bright green lay about it; but in the midst, drooping over the pool, stood a dead tree, and the falling drops dripped sadly from its barren and broken branches back into the clear water....
It looked mournful, [Pippin] thought, and he wondered why the dead tree was left in this place where everything else was well tended.... And then he found himself at the doors of the great hall beneath the gleaming tower....
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith
Elena Tiriel 20Dec07