Hafthor Júlíus Björnsson’s 7 Greatest Moments

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Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, also known as “The Mountain” as a result of his playing that iconic part that struck terror and awe in our hearts in the equally iconic Game of Thrones is an Icelandic actor, the World’s Strongest Man, two times winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic and five times record holder as Europe’s Strongest Man.

He is the only man to have ever won the Arnold Classic, World’s Strongest Man and Europe’s Strongest Man all in the same year.

It is worthy to note that he did all these within the space of three months!

He has come to dominate our hearts and screen through many great moments.

The following are, however, his greatest moments.

They have been curated from many, a decision that wasn’t that easy to make seeing as his career has been one with many great moments.

The moments listed here are not in any particular order. It is a list of his “greatest moments” after all.

You are, however, allowed to choose a favorite; I have one myself and won’t tell if you don’t.

#1 Europe’s Strongest Man 2014

2014 was the year of Hafthor Bjornsson’s introduction to the big stage as it was the first win outside of his native country of Iceland.

This particular event is included as it was the beginning of many great moments for this Icelandic giant that has come to dominate and impress us with his superhuman strength.

#2 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic – Husafell Stone Carry

The Husafell Stone is something of a national monument in Iceland, and it is regarded as one of the toughest tests of strength in the Icelandic culture.

Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson definitely repped his roots in 2019 when he came first in the Husafell Stone Carry during the Arnold Strongman Classic.

This was no mean feat seeing as many other men of strength such as Brian Shaw and Terry Pritchett didn’t come anywhere close to him.

The Husafell stone used at Arnold Classic was a replica of the original Husafell stone, and it took four hefty men to reposition after each participant’s attempt.

#3 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic – Deadlift

In 2018, The Mountain broke the previous record for the Deadlift in the Arnold Strongman Classic by almost 10 pounds when he deadlifted a weight of 1,041 lbs.

The previous record had been set by Jerry Pritchett the last year at the same competition with a weight of 1,032 lbs.

There was something awe-inspiring about watching this on screen. The technique, the grit, and the sheer strength it took to accomplish this would have left you gaping at the wonder that is Hafthor Bjornsson.

#4 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic – Deadlift

Hafthor Bjornsson just never stops.

After having just set the Elephant Bar deadlift record the previous year, he, like all great athletes, went ahead and set another one in 2019.

This time around, he deadlifted an Elephant bar that weighed 1,045lbs – an increase of 4 pounds over his previous record.

#5 Game of Thrones – The Mountain VS The Viper

While it can be argued that this isn’t a true Hafthor Bjornsson moment, it is a “The Mountain” moment, and it is an incredible thing on its own.

This fight will go down as one of the tensest and strangely satisfying fights in TV history.

While he was almost bested by the Viper who used speed and agility to his advantage, the ending part where he crushed his head (a full grown man’s head) with his bare hands is nothing short of incredible and as such, deserves mention in his greatest moments.

#6 World’s Strongest Man 2018

You have definitely heard the phrase “never give up” at one time or the other.

Hafthor Bjornsson proved just how valid this phrase is at the 2018 edition of the World’s Strongest Man in the Philippines.

After having contested in the competition for seven years (since his first appearance in 2011) without a win, he finally proved himself capable when he went ahead and won the contest in 2018 and succeeding Magnus Ver Magnusson as the only Icelander to have won the title since 1996.

#7 Europe’s Strongest Man 2019

Hafthor Bjornsson has the second highest number wins in Europe’s Strongest Man contest after winning for the fifth time in 2019.

Considering that the contest began in 1980 and that many reputable men of strength take part every year, you can be sure that this is worthy of being included in his list of greatest moments.

What’s your favorite moment?

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