The Mountain From Game of Thrones Broke an Incredible World Record

The Mountain from Game of Thrones is one of the most reviled characters in the show. From his battle with Oberyn Martell to his transformation into the zombie zealot defender of Cersei Lannister, he is truly something to be afraid of.

In real life, his name is Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson and he’s actually a really nice guy … a really nice guy that can deadlift over 1,000 pounds.

Björnsson is a born athlete

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson

Hafthér Jéléus Björnssonn is one of the strongest humans on the planet. | by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

For this luminary of the fantasy world, his real-life accomplishments in sports are even more unbelievable. He started his adult career in basketball. Björnsson played for Icelandic teams but ultimately had to give the sport up after he broke his ankle and the issues it caused afterward. Soon after that, he was approached about competing in strongman competitions. Ever since 2011, if a competition had “Strongman”, “Strongest Man”, or “Viking” in the title, he probably won it.

Next: He was almost drafted into the NFL even though he never played football.

The Indianapolis Colts thought he would make a good lineman

Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsa

Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay | Joey Foley/Getty Images

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson is 6 foot 9 inches and weighs nearly 400 pounds and he is pretty much all muscle. Having him on you defensive or offensive line seems like a recipe for success. Well in 2013, Jim Irsay thought the same thing and considered signing him to play. Obviously, that never went through, but you have to admit it would have been cool.

Next: He broke a 1,000-year-old Viking record. 

He’s a true Viking legend

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson

No record is safe from Björnsson. | Victor Fraile/Getty Images

In 2015, Björnsson broke a 1,000-year-old Viking record by carrying a 30 foot, 1,433-pound log for five steps. Then, in 2016, he carried two refrigerators that weighed around 1,000 pounds, a distance of 20 meters in 19.6 seconds. It would take any of us at The Cheat Sheet to haul either of those fridges that distance more than 20 years.

Next: Björnsson is definitely someone you want at your kegger and his credentials prove it. 

He’s won some pretty odd feats of strength

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson

He can launch a keg over 23 feet into the air. | Victor Fraile/Getty Images

In Botswana 2016, he beat his own keg tossing record. If you aren’t familiar with keg tossing as a sport, you basically take a 33-pound keg and try to toss it over a bar. Think of it like the high jump, only a lot cooler. Björnsson reached for the keg between his leg and threw it up and behind his back over the bar. That bar was 23 feet 5.4 inches high.

Next: It doesn’t stop there. Look at what he did to a washer machine. 

He almost beat the record for throwing a washer machine

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson

Have you ever tried to throw a washing machine? | Victor Fraile/Getty Images

Did you know that there is a Guinness World Record for throwing a washer machine? Neither did we. I guess there’s a record for anything. Björnsson almost beat this record by picking up a 101.5-pound washer machine and throwing it. He ended up losing to his competitor, Zydrunas Savickas, who threw it 13 feet 6 inches.

Next: His most impressive world record you won’t believe he did.

The 1,043-pound deadlift

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson

Lifting something this heavy shouldn’t look this easy. | Victor Fraile/Getty Images

Björnsson made this look like a cake walk. He gets the crowd going at the beginning then positions for his lift. Once his hands were on it, he only struggled for a split second. When he finally lifts it into position, he just sits there and nods at the crowd while holding this massive weight. There is nothing more terrifying than The Mountain nodding confidently at you while holding over a 1,000 pounds in his hand.

Next: How will this all play out on Game of Thrones?

Are we going to see any of these feats in Game of Thrones?

Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson as the Mountain on Game of Thrones

Will we see him lift 1,000 pounds on the show? | HBO

It’s possible that The Mountain will throw someone through the air, carry a heavy amount of wood, or lift a bunch of dead people into the air. Whether or not his brother, The Hound, will be able to kill him is a much more unpredictable outcome. Then again, Game of Thrones is full of twists.

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