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Winter is Coming vs. One Ring to Rule them All
This week we are pitting the two franchises in PERHAPS OUR MOST EPIC DEATHMATCH EVAH! (although, let’s be serious, the Herring vs a Shubbery was pretty epic with a twist ending)
Yeah. I’m stalling. Sorry. When this deathmatch came to mind I was thrilled and terrified at the same time. I’ve been reading Lord of the Rings since the fourth grade. Game of Thrones I came to late in the game and am now reading the books and finding it utterly compelling. In terms of match ups I think this is a solid one. I’m still not sure how I’m going to vote. Here are some ground rules:
- Lord of the Rings includes the Hobbit for this discussion (deal with it nerds, this will avoid confusion)
- Game of Thrones = The entirety of the narrative, not just the first book
- For those who have read the entire series of Game of Thrones…NO SPOILERS BEYOND WHAT THE SHOW HAS GIVEN US. Seriously. Don’t be a dick. Will this lead to awkwardness? Maybe. No more than discussing the show with a co-worker who hasn’t read the whole thing.
- Leave emotional arguments at the door. Feel free to get emotional, but don’t fall into the trap where your defence is, “Just because!”
- This isn’t a character v. character debate, it is franchise v. franchise. What are the strengths of each? What are their deficiencies? Which will stand the test of time?
- No hiding in the dark, the poll will be public. Don’t let that dissuade you, let that be a challenge to not vote blindly. Think.
That’s it. Game on.
Some stats for you to consider:
Lord of the Rings, Four books about 1,300 pages, Four movies with 14 hours
Game of Thrones (currently), 5 books, 4,480 pages, 30 episodes with 22 hours
[li]Both are epic in scope with well articulated multiple narratives spanning a very well planned out geography[/li][li]Both have developed specific languages for their narratives[/li][li]Both combine medieval, magical and fantasy elements[/li][/ol]Game of Thrones
First published in 1996, first planned as a trilogy author George RR Martin has extended the series to a planned seven novels. As of May 2013 five are published.
Plot synopsis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire (no spoilers beyond HBO, I checked. You’re welcome)
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published in 1937, subsequent Lord of the Rings was published in three installments from 1954 to 1955. It is estimated that Lord of the Rings if treated as a single book is the second highest sold book at 150 million coppies following Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. As reference, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is estimated to have sold 44 million.
Plot summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_rings
I’m going to be honest with you, it is really hard for me to provide and breakdowns or summaries without editorializing. If you are reading this you are familiar with both franchises and may have never considered this question before. You may cry foul and say there is no value in saying which is better. That’s nice hippie, go take your flowers and get out of here. This is a thought experiment, enjoy it for the joy of challenging yourself to take a position and discuss it like an adult.
Let the games begin. Enjoy.