I'm bringing it back up.
Granted, Ep II will have truly amazing lightsaber fights. However, no matter its assets, it has one key drawback that prevents it from surpassing LotR. Both have impressive battle scenes, etc., but, like Anakin, the SW saga has one fatal flaw that dooms it:
It has Jar-Jar Binks. Now not in just one, but two movies.
Just for lack of annoyance factor alone, many other notable factors notwithstanding, LotR wins by default.