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    Didn't Merlin take on a dragon at some point?
    Gandalf died and came back again, I'm pretty sure in all the stories I've read about Merlin, he never did that.
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    merlin wins it in my opinion. gandalf is good but he isn't as magical as merlin in my opinion. gandalf displayed few spells and ability to use magic. merlin will just destroy the old guy from a distance.

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    Merlin (even regardless of which of his many portrayals you choose) really seems like a much more flawed and potentially weaker character than Gandalf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalViolet View Post
    Didn't Merlin take on a dragon at some point?
    Gandalf died and came back again, I'm pretty sure in all the stories I've read about Merlin, he never did that.
    Merlin uttered a prophecy about two dragons under a pool - I think they represented the Britons and the Saxon invaders? Something like that. They aren't literal dragons in every version though. And I think the dragons fought each other, they just turned out to be there when/where he said they would be.

    Incidentally, the one thing I really like better about The Hobbit than The Lord of the Rings is that it has a dragon!
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    What are their types? Both intjs? It seems weird to have a thread about which of two intjs is cooler : D
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    Merlin knows the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    What are their types? Both intjs? It seems weird to have a thread about which of two intjs is cooler : D
    It reminds me of threads about whether Star Trek or Star Wars would win in a war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    It reminds me of threads about whether Star Trek or Star Wars would win in a war.
    That's ridiculous premise! Lol.
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    I guess the OP wanted to make the comparison because they are the best known Wizards. Merlin has a number of stories associated with him. There's legend, there's fiction so old that we treat it as legend, and there's newer fiction which is just as relevant as legend. Merlin is usually a man with magic powers, at most being part of a great plan to create some sort of destiny to come about. Gandalf is also meant to perform a role in the world, but he is not a man, he is an Angelic being.

    Sombody thought Merlin would win because he was more 'magical'. I was always impressed in Lord of the Rings how subtle the magic is compared to its D&D derivitives. I can only remember Gandalf using magic to make light. His role seemed mostly as an organizer, he probably had a directive on how he should interact with Middle Earth. But he did all out battle with two magical beings, both reported to be amazingly powerful: the Balrog and Saruman. Both of them things originating from outside of Middle Earth. He was first bested by Saruman, we don't know the details. He bested the Balrog and died, we don't know the details. He bested Saruman by breaking his will and staff. Maybe one of those battles had magic missiles or something, I dunno. My money is on Gandalf, although I would have no idea why they would fight.

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    Regarding the question of why they would fight - it just reminded me of the Gandalf-Saruman fight in the LOTR movie. Which is actually rather well done, but - when I first saw it I was a bit amused because in the book all they do is have this barbed, highly "English" wizard conversation and then Gandalf gets imprisoned.

    When I watched the movie, I was like "Holy crap! Why are these two distinguished elderly gentlemen flinging each other around the room?"
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