George R.R. Martin Pits His GAME OF THRONES Characters Against Tolkien's LOTR Creations

Who would win between Aragorn and Jaime Lannister? Saruman and Melisandre? Tyrion or Frodo? Ned Stark or Boromir? Find out how Game of Thrones author GRRM thinks his characters would fare against the creations of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Aragorn vs Jaime Lannister (full appendages)
George R.R. Martin Picks: Jamie


Smaug vs Balerion
George R.R. Martin Picks: Undecided


Gimli vs The Mountain that Rides
George R.R. Martin Picks: Gimli


Saruman vs Melisandre
George R.R. Martin Picks: Saruman


Frodo vs Tyrion
George R.R. Martin Picks: Tyrion


Ned Stark vs Boromir
George R.R. Martin Picks: Boromir


There are a few more battles discussed by GRRM above including Wargs vs Direwolves, which is the better sword Ice or Glamdring and who would win between a Nazgul or White Walker so give the video a watch to see all of Martin's picks.

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lukasbolander - 11/6/2012, 11:51 AM
Aragorn would kill Jamie any day of the week.
LucasMend - 11/6/2012, 11:55 AM
LOTR always wins. Specially the badass Aragorn.
rebellion - 11/6/2012, 11:57 AM
that depends. are we talking about jaime before or after asos ;) and btw, it's jaime not jamie.
BruceWayneNewton - 11/6/2012, 11:57 AM
Great article! I don't think the mountain gets enough respect even in GOT.
MrBlueSky - 11/6/2012, 11:58 AM
I haven't read any of the Game of Thrones books, but I'm a big Tolkien fan. I voted for "double decapitation" on the Ned Stark vs Boromir" poll. :P
LeoAtrox - 11/6/2012, 12:13 PM
I'm with GRR on almost all of them. I don't see how Gimli beats the Mountain. Me thinks GRR was trying to be modest on that one; or he simply doesn't want to choose Goliath over David. Other than that one, I'm with GRR. Yes, I think a fully-appendaged Jaime Lannister does narrowly beat Aragorn, despite the latter's martial prowess. Whoever won that battle might come out the victor, but maimed or mortally wounded by the battle. There'd be no real winner there.
BruceWayneNewton - 11/6/2012, 12:21 PM
I think Arya could take every one of the hobbits....at the same time
marantaz - 11/6/2012, 12:53 PM
really? slow news day, huh?
ComfortablyNumb - 11/6/2012, 1:02 PM
The Mountain is 8 ft tall! He wins all day long.
StoneHex104 - 11/6/2012, 1:19 PM
LOTR is million times better than Game of Thrones.
MCMLXXXII - 11/6/2012, 1:30 PM
man, jaime ain't got no chance against aragorn, the guy trained with elves and has almost 80 years of experience, c'mon george be serious..

now i know smaug is one mean dragon but balerion would go all harrenhal on his jewel encrusted ass..

i'm going with the mountain, gimli probably can't even hit him in the chest, upper-cuts are low blows..

melisandre might be able to pull this one off, she can be persuasive herself..

the imp hands down..

and i'm going with secret option #3, odysseus, one of the few sean bean characters to survive the end of the movie..
jingorot - 11/6/2012, 2:13 PM
-aragorn beats jaime
-smaug beats balerion
-the mountain beats gimli
-saruman beats melisandre
-tyrion beats frodo
-double decap (lol)

lotr: 3
got: 2
gaikinger - 11/6/2012, 2:37 PM
i am not going to entertain this poll....Songs of Ice and Fire rocks and should not be compared with LOTR.
gaikinger - 11/6/2012, 2:39 PM
Boromir and Ned would go get a pint together.
phoenixforce9 - 11/6/2012, 3:02 PM
Lord of the Rings wins!
KeithM - 11/6/2012, 3:53 PM
Gimli is trained to fight giants, and the Mountain has never faced a dwarf like Gimli before, so he'd underestimate him just long enough to realise his mistake as Gimli buries his axe in the Mountain's groin. Even if ready, Gimli would just kneecap him before taking his head off either way.

Gimli's proper bad-ass. Respect the axe.
Fogs - 11/6/2012, 4:00 PM
hahaha I can't vote for Frodo.

Love GoT, but man... LoTR ALL THE FREAKIN WAY!
Marin10 - 11/6/2012, 4:06 PM
scruffylookingnerfherder - 11/6/2012, 8:04 PM
How can these two be compared? GoT is total and complete shit as compared to LotR.
AEStark - 11/6/2012, 8:39 PM
Ned stark vs boromir?

C'mon. One does not simply put one sean bean character against another.
HULK2099 - 11/6/2012, 8:49 PM
LOTR FTW~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bumble - 11/6/2012, 9:30 PM
In agreement with all of his choices except for two.

Aragorn has the advantage over Jamie. Aragorn is a Dunedain, last of the Numenoreans, and thus, by his heritage, is half-elven. He is also well traveled. You have to remember that by the time of the LOTR stories, Aragorn is already much older than he looks (he was actually 87 at the time) and he decades more experience in fighting a number of different enemies. On top of that, he has Anduril, the Flame of the West, the reforged sword that cut the ring from the hand of Sauron; an elvish blade. Jamie has no chance.

The other one I disagree with is Glamdring. Again, Glamdring is an elvish blade forged in Gondolin by the finest smiths ever in Middle Earth. Turgon carried the sword into battle. There's magic in the blade itself. The other sword's just steel.
GnomeSauce - 11/6/2012, 11:11 PM
White Walkers would take out the Nazgul.
FoxForce5 - 11/7/2012, 12:56 AM
@ Bumble: I totally agree with you about Aragorn but not so sure what point you're making about Glamdring. Glamdring was Gandalf's sword and doesn't feature in any of these "What If" battles.
loki668 - 11/7/2012, 4:36 AM
Boromir and Stark would both say "[frick] this! It's about time both of us get to live for once! Then they'd walk off hand-in-hand in one of the weirder endings in fantasy fiction. Sean Bean would applaud.

Lord Loki has spoken
Bumble - 11/7/2012, 7:37 AM
@foxforce: You have to watch the video. Martin goes through and picks who, in his opninon, would win or is the better of the two. That's where Glamdring comes from. He is asked which sword is better:Ice or Glamdring. And, again, Glamdring is not just a sword, just like a green lantern's power ring is not "just a ring." Glamdring originally belonged to Turgon, king of Gondolin, and was a legend among even goblins and trolls. Even after being "lost" for hundreds of years, goblins knew the sword and it's twin, Orcist, as Beater and Biter and were instantly afraid of just the shear site of it.

Quite frankly, I was surprised that he was so pro LOTR over his own work. The guy just jumped way up my positive opinion ladder.
cole33 - 11/7/2012, 11:45 AM
these are silly but fun.

Aragorn would absolutely smoke Jaime, and I like Jaime. Jaime has never faced anything like Aragorn has faced. We're talking Aragorn wielding the flame of the west here.

Smaug would take Balerion.

Gimli takes out The Mountian, and I'd say rather easily. Everyone thinks that the mountain would win because of his size, but against Gimli, and his experience, his size is a disadvantage. The Mountains would have to over extend his swing to hit Gimili so far below him, giving Gimili plenty of time to dodge, Gimili dodges one swing and buries his axe right into the mountain knee, probably cuts his leg in half. boom, down goes the mountain.

Saruman takes out Melisandre.

Tyrion obviously takes out Frodo. (unless frodo has the ring.)

Ned v Boromir is the most even match.......gotta go with Ned on this. Boromir is no joke, but Ned just seems way more battle hardened.
ISeeStupidPeople - 11/7/2012, 12:34 PM
Busted out laughing at Tyrion vs. Frodo.

Well played.
SwingsetKnight - 11/7/2012, 12:42 PM
My God, I love GRRM for this.
SwingsetKnight - 11/7/2012, 12:47 PM
Also, just in defence of Jaime Lannister: while I can't really advocate for a win over Aragorn, I think I'd actually call it a draw. Aragorn's bigger, a Numenorean, and older. At the same time, though, Aragorn's primary skillset is as a scout and hunter, not a soldier, and his default gear does not include armour.

Jaime, by contrast, is one of the best swordsmen in the history of Martin's world, he's fully armoured by default, and his entire life has been literally one long parade of killing other men with a blade.
GUNSMITH - 11/7/2012, 2:16 PM
UGG HIS LAUGH...
cole33 - 11/8/2012, 7:10 AM
@swingsetknight.

Remember though, wearing armor is not always beneficial, remember Bron goes up against an armored knight and *chooses* not to wear any armor for a reason. Aragorn would be faster, more agile. An has seen warfare on a level Jaime has never encountered, taking on multiple ring wraiths at the same time,....and by himself.

in Song of Ice and Fire, the book also hints that Ned Stark is likely the only challenge for Jaime.

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