By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated December 17, 2014 at 09:23 PM EST

Maybe Ian McKellen should have brought his lesson about the word “resist” to Middle-earth before he delivered it to Cookie Monster.

The actor behind Gandalf and Magneto stopped by Sesame Street for a segment with Cookie Monster about how important being able to resist something is.

Unsurprisingly, Cookie has no issue resisting a particularly powerful ring, but when it comes to his signature treat? Things become a bit more difficult.

It’s a shame Gollum never learned the same lesson, otherwise all that mess with the One Ring and Mt. Doom could have probably been avoided.