Hillary Busis
November 13, 2012 AT 06:43 PM EST

Who’s a finer swordsman: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, or Kingslayer Jaime Lannister? Could red priestess Melisandre take on wicked wizard Saruman the White? Are creepy ringwraiths better suited for battle than creepy White Walkers? And which honor-bound nobleman would prevail in a duel to the death — brooding Boromir or brooding Eddard Stark?

Unfortunately, J.R.R. Tolkein isn’t around to answer these burning questions. (Also, he’d have no idea who half of the characters listed above are.) But George R. R. Martin — author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based — is. Watch below to see who Martin would bet on in ten matches that pit his characters against Tolkien’s —  though if you’ve only seen the TV show or read just the first two Song of Ice and Fire books, you might want to skip to 00:36 in order to avoid a major spoiler.

I could play this game all day — Daenerys Targaryen vs. Eowyn! Hodor vs. Gollum! Samwell Tarly vs. Samwise Gamgee! Arya Stark vs. everyone! (Arya wins, obvi.) And on another note, who do you guys pick with regard to the great Gandalf vs. Dumbledore debate?

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