Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Hafþór.
Hafþór Björnsson
Born Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
(1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 26)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Occupation Actor, strongman competitor, basketball player
Years active 2011–present

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson (often anglicized as "Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson"; Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhafθour ˈjuːliʏs ˈpjœsːɔn], born November 26, 1988) is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player.


Basketball career[edit]

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Listed height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Career information
Pro career 2006–2008
Position Center
Career history
2006–2007 K.R. Basket Reykjavík
2007–2008 FSu Selfoss basketball
Career highlights and awards
D2 Iceland National Basketball Team

Hafþór began his sports career as a basketball player. At 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in),[1] he played first in the Iceland-Dominos league's K.R. Basket Reykjavík basketball team as a starting center of the team. Simultaneously, he was picked for the D2 Icelandic National Basketball Team.[2]

For the season 2007–2008, he moved to play professionally as center for the Icelandic Division 1 basketball team FSu Selfoss Basketball team.[2]

Suffering a severe knee injury at age 20, he was forced to leave a prospective professional basketball career awaiting him.[3]

Strongman career[edit]

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson
Personal information
Occupation Strongman
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 180 kg (397 lb)[1]

Hafþór met Icelandic strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon at his gym "Jakaból" in 2008, and Magnús said that Hafþór seemed a good prospect as a strongman.[3] Hafþór won several contests in 2010 including Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland's Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking,[4] and recently the OK Badur Strongman Championships in Iceland.[5]

Hafþór finished in second place at the inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, behind Brian Shaw.[6] He won the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland contest on June 4, 2011,[7] and the 2011 Iceland's Strongest Man contest on June 18, 2011.[8]

Hafþór came fourth in the Giants Live Poland 2011 event on August 6, 2011.

On 31 January 2015, Björnsson beat a 1000-year-old record set by Orm Storolfsson at the World’s Strongest Viking competition in Norway, where he carried a 32 feet (9.8 m) long 1,433 pounds (650 kg) log for five steps.[9]

World's Strongest Man[edit]

Hafþór took part in World's Strongest Man after earning a wild card invitation to the 2011 contest.[10] coming sixth overall in that year's competition.

Taking part again in ensuing years, he placed third in the 2012 and the 2013 World's Strongest Man competitions. He finished runner-up in the 2014 event[11] to the eventual winner, the Lithuanian Žydrūnas Savickas.[12]


Hafþór was cast as Gregor Clegane ("The Mountain") for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013.[13] This was his first main acting role, and the third person to depict the character after Conan Stevens played the role of Clegane in season 1 and Ian Whyte in season 2. He is poised to be the first person to reprise his role in season 5.[14]

Personal records[edit]

  • Squat – 350 kg (770 lbs) raw[15]
  • Bench press – 230 kg (510 lbs) raw
  • Tire deadlift – 450 kg (994 lbs) raw with wrist straps[15]
  • Deadlift – 420 kg (925.9 lbs) raw with wrist straps[16]
  • Loglift – 192.5 kg (424 lbs)
  • Log carry- [5 steps] 650kg (1433lbs)[17]

Training lifts

  • Deadlift 410 kg (903.8 lbs) raw with wrist straps
  • Loglift 190 kg (418.8 lbs)
  • Squat 300 kg (660 lbs) for 10 reps, raw without knee wraps

Filmography / television[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hafthor Bjornsson". www.strongman.org. Strongman. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Eurobasket: Hafþór Björnsson page
  3. ^ a b Magnus Ver Magnusson: Icelandic Strongman Scout. Ironmind.com (May 29, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. vodvafikn.net
  5. ^ Haffþór Júlíusson Björnsson wins Iceland’s OK Budar Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (August 10, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ Brian Shaw Wins the Inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic Strongman Contest. Ironmind.com (November 22, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  7. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins the Strongest Man in Iceland. Ironmind.com (June 6, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  8. ^ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Wins Iceland’s Strongest Man. Ironmind.com (June 19, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  9. ^ "Jan. 31 “World’s Strongest Viking” competition in Norway". International Business Times. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Giants Live–Poland: Radzikowski, Jenkins and Baron Make WSM Cut . . . Bjornsson Gets Wild Card. Ironmind.com (August 8, 2011). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  11. ^ Cindy Boren (May 19, 2014). "‘Game of Thrones’ villain is second-strongest man in the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ Iceland Review: Hafþór Júlíus Runner up in World’s Strongest Man Comp
  13. ^ "Mountain Recast". WinterIsComing.net. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Mountain in Belfast, and Game of Thrones filming in Split continues despite flooding". Watchers On The Wall. September 13, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Jay Hathaway (June 4, 2014). "Watch The Mountain from Game of Thrones Deadlift Almost 1,000 Pounds". Gawker.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Thor and Benny Magnusson, 420 and 445 Kg Deadlift". YouTube.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' Breaks 1,000-Year-Old Weightlifting Record". CNN. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 

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