We were all wowed by Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson’s recent turn as The Mountain in Game of Thrones, needing no camera tricks to tower over literally every other person in the cast, including his eventual foe, Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper. But as it turns out, Björnsson isn’t just the strongest man in Westeros, he might actually be the strongest man on Earth.
Evidence for that claim? Björnsson recently won the title of Europe’s Strongest Man for 2014, a contest which requires lifting all manner of heavy things, of which he lifted the most, and the heaviest. To recap, the man is 6’9, 419 pounds. At age 25. Whoa.
There’s a highlight video of his dominating performance in the Europe’s Strongest Man competition which you can check out below via WarmingGlow. The highlight is obviously during the post-lifting interview where he rips off his shirt and declares”“I AM THE FUTURE OF STRENGTH, AS I AM THE KING OF THE STONES!” No, I am not making that up.
It remains to be seen when we will lay eyes on The Mountain again as (Game of Thrones spoilers) last we saw him, he was ailing from poisoned wounds inflicted during his battle with Oberyn Martell. He may rise again, or he could be recast for the fourth time, as that’s how many actors the show has gone through for the part so far. But I think whatever role the Mountain does play in the future, it should be Björnsson playing him. Don’t you?
Don’t leave without checking out the video below or Björnsson will come to your house and literally eat you.