With The Rings of Power and House of the Dragon both battling for our attention right now, we got thinking: in a real-life battle between the Lord of the Rings armies and the Game of Thrones armies, who would win? And, since The Wheel of Time season 2 is set to hit screens in the very near future, what would happen if we threw their armies into the battle too?

While we can’t know the exact number of fighters in every fantasy army, here’s a look at the approximate figures we can get from the complete Game of Thrones timeline, Lord of the Rings’ War of the Ring and The Wheel of Time’s The Last Battle, for the five strongest armies in each franchise. For good measure, we’ve also looked at which individual army would win if the strongest from every group went head-to-head.

The Strongest Armies in Lord of The Rings

Lord of the Rings Armies

All in all, LoTR’s five strongest armies are made up of more than 50 different warrior groups, totalling just over 317,000 soldiers at the point of War of the Ring. While Gondor’s forces are the most varied of the five, boasting at least 14 different types of fighter, they can’t compete with the sheer volume of Orcs – making Mordor’s army the strongest of the Lord of the Rings collection.

The Strongest Armies in Game of Thrones & House of the Dragon

Game of Thrones Armies

Including an infinite pool of White Walkers here felt too much like cheating, particularly when you consider that without them, the Game of Thrones top armies only total just over 189,000 fighters – considerably less than the Lord of the Rings top five. The Targaryen’s forces narrowly beat the Tyrell army to the position of ‘biggest, baddest army in the franchise’ based on size, their strength aided by having three dragons on the team in addition to the formidable gathering of Dothraki and Unsullied warriors.

The Strongest Armies in The Wheel of Time

Wheel of Time Armies

It’s safe to say that The Wheel of Time boasts some pretty vast warrior legions, but by far the strongest army of the group are the Aiel clans with around 480,000 fighters in their midst. With a reputation for being particularly vicious fighters, 480,000 Aiel warriors are not something we...

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