I am so excited to introduce the ultimate of battles today,
courtesy of Ashley from Closed the Cover.
Read on and then weigh in!
Yes, I know this debate has raged on for a few TV seasons now but I have not yet weighed in so I chose it for my topic of choice here on Book Bloggers International during March Match-Ups and Duels. Anyone who is familiar with my site most likely knows that I do not read fantasy novels; however what many of my readers may not know is that there was once a time when I could not get enough of them! I’ve probably read just about every fantasy novel ever published prior to 2012; despite surrendering fantasy novels I do still re-read the Lord of the Rings series and I do still read the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) books. I thought perhaps readers would find my opinion interesting considering it’s not a genre I normally discuss. So, which is better? It’s a best of 3! Read on…
The Ladies: Lannisters and Starks vs ummm…an Elf
Winner: Game of Thrones
Honestly, this isn’t even a contest. Other than the elf (yes, I know her name is Lady Arwen) is there any woman in Lord of the Rings worth remembering? NO. It’s all about the Hobbits and the Wizards and the Kings and the Orcs all of which are men. Women in Lord of the Rings are merely an afterthought, hanging out at home and waiting for their men to return. Women in Game of Thrones are amazing! Catelyn Stark (no spoilers) is a fierce woman despite not being a warrior. She is a strong momma-bear who savagely protects her children. Cersei Lannister is a bitch to the millionth degree but she does what she does for her family and those she loves. Selfish? Of course, but that’s her way of survival. Arya, Sansa, Jeyne Pool, and more, the women are certainly a force within Game of Thrones and are extremely powerful characters. Tolkien didn’t give women enough credit.
Dragons: Daenerys’ dragons vs Smaug and other creatures
Winner: Game of Thrones
Millions of Tolkien fans will disagree but I give the edge to Daenerys and her hatchlings. Daenerys’ hatchlings hatched after dragons were thought to be extinct and Daenerys herself carries the blood of the dragon. Readers (and viewers) are able to connect with these dragons from egg to birth to growth. While they may not be as villainous (at least initially) as the beasts in Lord of the Rings they are better characters and that’s why I read books – to connect with characters.
The Bad Guys: Every other Lord or King vs Every other Lord or King, Orcs, Minions and Each Other
Winner: Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings takes this one. Every single person who even so much as looks at “the ring” becomes obsessed with it. Everyone is a villain – no one can be trusted. The fantasy level is wayyy amped up in Lord of the Rings and dwarfs (see what I did there?) the magic and fantasy in Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones has King fighting King and internal deceit and treachery but Lord of the Rings has that and more.
This could go on and on as we could debate language (edge: Lord of the Rings), maps and landscape (edge: Lord of the Rings), boyfriend material (edge: Game of Thrones) but I think three topics is enough for me. I call it as such: WINNER – GAME OF THRONES.
Disagree? Tell me why.