It's become a classic debate between fans of two of the best fantasy series of all time, both in terms of the movies/TV show they inspired, and the books themselves. The Lord of the Rings, written by JRR Tolkien, is the most recognizable and bestselling fantasy of all time, inspiring hundreds of writers (myself included… kinda) to create stories of their own. Tolkien was the originator of high fantasy, his Middle Earth being the first truly completed secondary world ever. No writer had ever before attempted to create such a huge world complete with maps, languages, and a rich, deep history that gives it its flavor.
GRR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is another well-known and much beloved fantasy series, but whereas other fantasy series (such as Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series) seem to be mere copies at times of Tolkien's work, Martins series is entirely different. There is no grand journey of the stereotypical "good guys" to defeat the "lord of evil", no overreaching good VS evil story, just people struggling through very realistic problems in a very realistic world. It is a world where magic is subdued, violence, rape, and war are common, and high lords battle to sit upon a chair made of spikes and rusty old swords. After reading both series in their entirety (note that A Song of Ice and Fire is not yet completed, and still has two books to go) I have decided to write this list as a comparison between these two classic series, and to let you know why I believe Lord of the Rings is better then A Song of Ice and Fire. No flame wars please.