Once again, it has come time for your regularly scheduled reminder that Hafthor Bjornsson is a Norse titan in human flesh and someone we should all fear at night.
Taking time away from his crammed schedule of skull-pulping and pillaging as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Bjornsson continues to bend the realm of possibility with his participation in international strongman competitions.
After breaking a 1,000-year-old world record during the World's Strongest Viking competition back in February by carrying a 30-foot, 1,433-pound log, Bjornsson added another notch to his belt with a world-record throw at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival. The 6’9”, 419-pound Icelandic weightlifter posted videos (h/t BroBible.com’s J. Camm) of the feat to Instagram. With one arm, he managed to toss a 56-pound kettle bell 19 feet and three inches into the air.
The Icelander wrote in his caption (sic) that the record was a nice uptick from a poor start to the competition:
I had ups & downs at the Arnold Strongman Classic this past weekend. I did an awful mistake in the deadlift which cost me alot of points! Yesterday made me feel a little bit better though. I did a weight for height event on the main stage. I went over 19’3 with a 56lbs weight and that is a New World Record!!
We can only presume this means Bjornsson displayed poor form while uprooting a standalone condo.
As for the kettle bell toss, let’s put the feat into perspective: With one arm, Bjornsson threw a metal ball—weighing 14 pounds heavier than the largest 18th century cannonball—nearly 20 feet into the air. That’s nearly twice the height of a basketball rim!
Couple this with his past strongman performances, which include earning the title of “Europe’s Strongest Man” and ripping his shirt to proclaim himself the “king of stones,” and you begin to appreciate how much HBO lucked out to have happened upon this uniquely qualified individual in casting.
Also, for kicks, here’s Bjornsson and another giant man combining to provide a human pull-up station for another competitor.
The Mountain That Lifts: a nice guy, but a far scarier prospect than The Mountain That Rides.
Dan is on Twitter, withering away as he waits for the Winds of Winter.