George R.R. Martin stirred the pot when he declared that “Gandalf could kick Dumbledore’s ass.”

Martin made the comments during a Q&A promoting the film Tolkien with actors Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, and director Dome Karukoski.

In a blog post on his website, he would indicate his comments from the Q&A were initially a joke, but he would double down and declare, “Gandalf COULD kick Dumbledore’s ass. I mean, duh. He’s a maia, folks. Next best thing to a demigod.”

Martin would add, “Gandalf dies and come back. Dumbledore dies and stays dead.”

He then tries to placate the Potterites writing, “But if it will calm down all the Potterites out there, let me say that Gandalf could kick Melisandre’s ass too.”

Fans had quite a bit to say regarding Martin’s comments.

What do you make of Martin’s comments? Who do you think would win? Gandalf or Dumbledore?