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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