Aragorn vs. Jamie Lannister

Winner: Lannister
Well, there is something about having earned the nickname Kingslayer that instantly vaults a person to formidable opponent status. This is what Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones brings to the table. On the other hand, Aragorn also knows his way around a punctured chest cavity.

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Still here? Okay, Martin stipulates that before Jaime Lannister lost some important appendages, he was one of the greatest swordsman in the history of Westeros, and would clearly have beaten Aragorn.
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Which is why Jaime Lannister would win this battle.

Smaug vs. Balerion

Winner: Smaug.
Dueling dragons are what nerd dreams are made of, making this battle especially epic. Since Tolkien’s Smaug is probably the smarter of the two, and a real chatterbox, Martin gives him the edge over the larger Balerion.

Saruman vs. Melisandre

Winner: Saruman
While both of these characters are powerful and can put a telekinetic ass-whooping on others, Game of Thrones' Melisandre is a priestess, while Saruman is a true wizard. Advantage: Saruman.

Wargs vs. Direwolves

Winner: Wargs.
Since wargs are evil hybrid wolves in Tolkien’s tales, they could probably make short work of the direwolves, who seem to be far less clever animals.

Ice vs. Glamdring

Winner: Ice.
Although Glamdring did glow whenever orcs were around in Lord of the Rings, alerting its handler to be on guard, the sword didn’t have any magical properties that made it any deadlier. When you put that against valyrian steel, you get embarrassed. Ice would be the winner here.

Frodo Vs. Tyrion Lannister

Winner: Tyrion Lannister.
Here, Martin is emphatic in his choice. The hobbit who carried the ring all the way to Mordor wouldn’t stand a chance against Game of Thrones' diminutive warrior Tyrion Lannister.

Nazgul vs. White Walkers

Winner: Nazgul.
White Walkers are quite frightening, especially because they foretell that WINTER IS COMING, but on the other hand, they lack the wings of Lord of the Rings’ Nazgul, a/k/a the ring wraiths, who Martin picks to win this battle.

Cave Troll vs. Mag the Mighty

Winner: Cave Troll.
As mighty as Mag is, Lord of the Rings' Cave troll is much bigger and would likely dispatch this opponent with extreme prejudice.

Gimli vs. The Mountain

Winner: Gimli.
While he may be a big mountain of a man, hence the nickname, Game of Thrones' The Mountain might fall under a series of brutal ax-blows inflicted by the dwarf Gimli. Martin gives the little guy the edge here.

Ned Stark vs. Boromir

Winner: Boromir.
What these two characters have in common is that they are both played by Sean Bean. The disparity between them lies in the fact that Bean’s Lord of the Rings character, Boromir, is an actual warrior, whereas his Game of Thrones counterpart is really more of a statesman.

Watch the interview with George R.R. Martin in the next slide.

Ned Stark vs. Boromir

Winner: Boromir.
What these two characters have in common is that they are both played by Sean Bean. The disparity between them lies in the fact that Bean’s Lord of the Rings character, Boromir, is an actual warrior, whereas his Game of Thrones counterpart is really more of a statesman.

Watch the interview with George R.R. Martin in the next slide.

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Fantasy Deathmatch: "Game Of Thrones" Vs. "Lord Of The Rings" As Decided By George R.R. Martin

The author behind HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series assesses who would win in a series of match-ups between his own characters and those from "Lord of the Rings."

Winter is coming… to Middle Earth, apparently.

Fans of the horrifically gory, boobs-filled HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, and the series of books it was based on tend to have an opinion about the Lord of the Rings trilogy too. They either see it as a seminal work in pop culture history that paved the way for other cultural milestones such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, or they dismiss it as weaksauce populist pap that isn’t fit to hold Martin’s flagon of mead. Now, both sides will be able to see what the Games-man himself thinks about J.R.R. Tolkien, or at least which of the Ring-master’s characters could destroy which of his own in a fight.

In a recent interview with MTV Geek!, the wizardly, bearded novelist fielded questions on the nerd-mecca topic of a clash between Middle Earth and Westeros. His responses reveal that he is more than willing to tip his pageboy cap to Tolkien in some regards, but not all. Have a look through the slide show above to see Martin’s thoughts on which characters would win in an inter-dimensional fantasy slugfest. Do you agree with his assessments?

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  • Rambling Rye

    Jaime will never win over Aragorn. Aragorn was a Dunedain chieftain, a ranger for 80 frigging years. He undertook great journeys, served Rohan's King Thengel and the Steward of Gondor Ecthelion II. He performed incredible feats of daring, endurance, skill and heroism in battle and on those solitary quests he embarked on.

    And Glamdring VS Ice? Turgon, a High-Elven king of the Noldor and the king of Gondolin, wielded Glamdring for crying out loud. Glamdring was specially forged for Turgon.

  • Rambling Rye

    Jaime will never win over Aragorn. Aragorn was a Dunedain chieftain, a ranger for 80 frigging years. He undertook great journeys, served Rohan's King Thengel and the Steward of Gondor Ecthelion II. He performed incredible feats of daring, endurance, skill and heroism in battle and on those solitary quests he embarked on.

    And Glamdring VS Ice? Turgon, a High-Elven king of the Noldor and the king of Gondolin, wielded Glamdring for crying out loud. Glamdring was specially forged for Turgon.

  • I have both series in the bookshelf and although I loved the Game of Thrones series, George Martin needs some serious bitch slapping (don't even get me started about the fanboys and -girls). Let's discount the books themselves for a moment, although I admit that in itself is a difficult task. And compare apples with oranges. (Excellent post by PopthePuff BTW).

    • Aragorn vs. Jaimie: Aragorn. The dude is Elessar, folks, others already pointed this out. His experience alone outlives Jaimie's life a few times over. I'm the best swordfighter in my own backyard: this doesn't make me a good swordsman, however.

    • Smaug vs. Balerion: Smaug, hands down. Wits ánd brawn versus brawn = no-brainer.

    • Saruman vs. Melisandre: Saruman was The White Wizard, one of the Istari.

    • Glamdring vs. Ice: Seriously, Turgon's sword not magical? Shame on you, Martin. Don't even bother mentioning Narsil/Andúril.

    • Frodo vs. Tyrion: Tyrion. Even though hobbits have always been seriously underrated. (cont.)

  • (cont.)

    • Wargs vs. Dire Wolves: Dire Wolves. Se PopthePuff's answer.

    • Gimli vs. The Mountain: Gimli, all the way. That may be prejudice from my part though.

    PopthePuff pretty much handled the measuring-up of the rest better than I could, though, so that's it for me. Leaves me to conclude that I love both epic stories immensely. I can only hope other writers will come along and gives us new beatiful worlds to explore...

  • Popthepuff

    In my opinion, most of these battles are very close but:
    Aragorn vs Jaimie: TieThough we are told little to nothing by Tolkien about his swordsmanship, Aragorn is able to cut his way through orcs and Nazgul with ease, and more importantly, Anduril is a flaming magical unbreakable sword, where Jaimie, while being known to be an excellent swordsman, does not even have a Valyrian steel sword, which can put him at a disadvantage.Smaug vs Balerion: Leaning to Smaug

    Tolkiens Dragons are certainly more intelligent than Martins, but when it comes down to it, raw power may matter more in an all out battle. That said, Smaug can outwit Balerion, whose form of attack would likely only compromise of Leroy Jenkins charges. 

    Saruman vs Melisandre: Saruman
    (Why not Gandalf instead, though?)
    Like Martin said, Saruman is a true wizard, and moreover, an Istari, an immortal angelic spirit, a Maiar. He has more feats and would likely easily win. 

    Wargs vs Direwolves: Leaning Direwolves

    Huh? Wargs smarter than Direwolves? What? Nope, Direwolves are more intelligent. True, Wargs can understand words, but Direwolves more. Also, the Direwolves show their intelligence throughout the story while we are only told about a rumour of the Wargs intelligence, only a rumour. And furthermore, they are actually larger than the Wargs. That said, Wargs do have a fiercer look to them, and those teeth look nasty.

    Ice vs Glamdring: Tie

    Someone hasn't done their homework. Glamdring was forged by the High Elves of Gondolin, one of the greatest Noldorin realms in exile, and is a superior work to most which has lasted centuries without any damage coming to it. The blade of the Balrog could not harm it. We already know Valyrian steel also has like qualities. The only thing one has over the other is that Ice is a greatsword, much bigger and heavier. All the same, it's probably a tie between the two.

    Frodo vs Tyrion: Tyrion
    Yeah, Frodo did fight Shelob and all, but like Martin said, even Sam has better feats than Frodo does. Tyrion's a real warrior, Frodo doesn't really even know how to properly use a sword. The only thing Frodo has on his side is Sting, a far better blade--also from Gondolin--than Tyrion is like to have, but that'll matter little if Tyrion can use his weapon better, which he can. 

    Nazgul vs White Walkers: Leaning Nazgul
    Okay, Nazgul do not have wings, those are their fellbeasts, but I suppose they'll be able to bring them to battle as well. I doubt their greatest weapon of fear would work on the Others, but the Nazgul have more powerful magic of a sort, and while neither can actually kill the other, White Walkers can be killed easily with Dragonglass, while the Nazgul are truly immortal.

    Cave Troll vs Mag the Mighty: Cave Troll
    As stated, the Cave Trolls are bigger and more powerful, and also more brutal. An Olog-Hai is more powerful though, and has no problems with sunlight unlike it's fellows. Still, the Cave Troll takes this.

    Gimli vs The Mountain: Tie
    It can go either way. Gimli is more level headed (somewhat) and can be more tactical, where the Mountains short temper puts him at a disadvantage, but then, a heavy blow can do in Gimli for good, hardy as Tolkien's Dwarves may be.

    Eddard Stark vs Boromir: Boromir

    It's not wrong to say that Ned isn't a mighty warrior, but he was once, and fought in the War of the Usurper, but on the other hand, he has little to nothing on Boromir, who gets up after being shot full of arrows, and kills super powered Uruk-Hai orcs, with said arrows still in him, and it takes a full twenty to kill him, and even then not immediately. Boromir takes this.

  • AzorAhai

    I doubt there is even one fan of a song of ice and fire who thinks lord of the rings "weaksauce populist pap".

  • Cap_Jack

    Considering , even from the t.v. show, that we know Ned Stark fought in the war, and Boromir also fought in the war (although a different one, obviously), I feel like this is more of a tie.

    Also, there may be aspects of other epic fantasies that are definitely different from Tolkien's works, without Tolkien there would conceivably be no epic fantasies. I mean, he created a new freaking word, mythopeia, for epic fantasies. That said, as an avid Tolkien fan and given my limited background knowledge about Martin's epic tale(s), he DOES present criteria in a fairly balanced fashion. Based on the presented criteria alone, I can see the decisions for his choices above.

    Regardless of mine or others' opinions, this was a pretty cool little article to read. :)

  • Martogarcia18

    Lord of the rings fucking owns, and could beat any game of thrones character any fucking day.. boromir alone could beat all of them with 3 arrows in him

  • Woodman

    Honestly? It doesn't make sense to me at all, because if Tolkien was alive now, he wouldn't play such a game. LOTR isn't about who is better at murdering others.

  • RhovanionGirl

    Also, Glamdring was forged by the Elf king Turgon, so I'd bet it has some power of its own. Plus the blade had a strengthening spell on it that protected the hand that held it should a blow strike it. So I think it stands a very good chance against Ice!

  • RhovanionGirl

    I think Aragorn would beat Jaime. Aragorn's 87 years old, that's far longer to master swordplay than what Jaime has had. Also, Aragorn was taught much of what he knows from the Elves, who are master warriors.