Two nights ago, a great battle was waged in Austin, TX. It’s an annual Fantastic Fest tradition known as The “Knuckle” Fantastic Debates. Here’s how it works: two combatants enter the ring, debate a geek-friendly topic, then settle the argument not with words, but with fists. This year saw an impressive fightcard, including Knuckle (the film that sponsored the event) lead subject James Quinn McDonagh squaring off against Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League. There was also a bout between a noted NASA hater and an astrophysicist. But the marquee match-up was two men, diminutive in stature but large in fame, two long-time friends, who decided to answer the question eternal: which Hobbit is more of a badass.

Debating the topic of World of Warcraft and whether or not it is a complete waste of time, actors Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan went toe-to-toe for the belt of Middle Earth. You can watch it for yourself in the embedded video found after the jump.

Video courtesy of Fantastic Fest, by Arts & Labor (Produced by Gates Bradley). Photos by David Hill.

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