The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' has just won Europe's Strongest Man for a fifth time

The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' has just won Europe's Strongest Man for a fifth time

The Mountain is one of the most intimidating characters in Game of Thrones. He's barely had any dialogue, and it's uncertain what exactly he wants other than to fight, murder and maim, but his actions speak volumes.

He managed to kill off fan-favourite Oberyn Martell in an astoundingly horrific scene - and it's not like his past was any better, seeing as he's held to blame for a series of horrific acts before the series even began. Nowadays, he's in full zombie form, and seems to be unkillable.

But what's the man behind the character like?

Hafthor Björnsson, who has played The Mountain for most of the show's run, previously made himself known as the world's strongest man.

Earlier this year, he made headlines for deadlifting 1,042lbs - but beat his own record just a week later. At the 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic, he set another staggering world record.

His previous record deadlifting was at 1,040.58 lbs, but this year he beat that by hitting 1,044.9 lbs - earning his title of World's Strongest Man. And this past weekend, he's won yet another title - this time, Bjornsson has been crowned Europe's Strongest Man.  He's now attained this title on five occasions, this time doing so by pulling off something remarkable.

He managed 10 reps of a 350 kg axle deadlift:

But that wasn't the only astounding feat he pulled off this last weekend, as he showed his adoring fans that the Giant Pillars of Hercules were no match for Hafthor.

Here he is holding up the Giant Pillars of Hercules for an astounding amount of time:

How exactly does the six foot nine behemoth manage to put on that much muscle, anyway? Well, luckily for us - we have some insight into how he pulls it off, but it ain't easy.

Hafthor consumes around 10,000 calories a day - around four times the daily recommended amount for an adult male. Speaking to Business Insider last year, he explained further what is diet is really like:

"Diet is very important to stay in shape, to stay strong. So I'm very consistent with my meals. I eat six meals every single day. I eat mostly steak, rice, carrots, with some peppers, sometimes chicken. I eat so much, really. And definitely the hardest part of being in these competitions really is the diet."

It doesn't exactly sound like the easiest process, even when it comes to the food he eats:

"There's a lot of eating, if you want to stay the best. I have to eat every two hours, I have to fuel my body. And there's a lot of timing, prepping meals, when I eat them. I think sometimes, 'Is this worth it?' I'm always eating, and I'm never hungry. I'm always eating and working out."

As much as it'd be fun to be as strong as The Mountain, I've got to say - taking the joy out of eating does not sound worth it.