There's no question that George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books owe a huge debt to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but what would happen if Westeros declared war on Middle Earth? Martin himself weighs in on the ultimate high-fantasy smackdown.
Be warned: the video below contains spoilers.
Back during WonderCon, MTV consulted Martin about a series of Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings smackdowns:
Aragon vs. Jaime Lannister
Smaug vs. Balerion
Saruman vs. Melisandre
Wargs vs. Direwolves
Ice vs. Glamdring
Frodo vs. Tyrion
Nazgûl vs. White Walkers
Cave Troll vs. Mag the Mighty
Gimli vs. The Mountain
Ned Stark vs. Boromir (Of course)
Pick your victor in each match-up, then watch the video to see if Martin agrees with your speculations.