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    Default Gandalf Vs. Merlin

    Who would win in a fight between Merlin and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings? Which wizard would claim the ultimate title of Arch Mage?

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    Tinkerbell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Tinkerbell.
    Tinkerbell is a wimp lol.

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    Talasin/Merlin wins because he actually existed/exists whereas Gandalf is make believe.

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    I guess S wins over N each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I guess S wins over N each time.
    What does this have to do with sensing and intuition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    What does this have to do with sensing and intuition?
    A wizard who existed in S space, regardless of his power, is apparently more "real and powerful" than one that existed only in N space... simply because his existence is supposedly "factual."

    Or do you, like me, disagree with an idea like that?

    (Aside from the fact that we don't even know what about Merlin might have existed, and chances are he had no actual magical powers IRL anyway even if he did exist.)
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    My pedantic reply is that there's only one version of Gandalf (or two if you count the book and the film as two), and probably at least a few hundred of Merlin, going back to medieval times...so, which Merlin?

    Although I think Gandalf would probably "win" anyway. He seems to be some kind of angel. Merlin is - variously - a human with magical powers (possibly demonic or possibly divine), a human with no powers beyond trickery, some sort of demi-human...etc. In most versions he's defeated by a woman who he falls in love with, who steals his power and locks him in a tree or cave.
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    I don't see merlin taking on a Balrog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    Although I think Gandalf would probably "win" anyway. He seems to be some kind of angel. Merlin is - variously - a human with magical powers (possibly demonic or possibly divine), a human with no powers beyond trickery, some sort of demi-human...etc. In most versions he's defeated by a woman who he falls in love with, who steals his power and locks him in a tree or cave.
    Agreed. Merlin, I believe, was supposed to be a cambion or something, one human parent, one inhuman parent. Gandalf however, seemed to be human only in appearance, so I think Gandalf would win.
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