While Icelandic actor and strength athlete Hafthor Julius Bjornsson ruled the small screen as the formidable Mountain during this past season of HBO's "Game of Thrones", he now also rules Europe as that continent's strongest man. 

The 6-foot-9, 420-pound Bjornsson took part in Europe's Strongest Man contest earlier this month in Leeds, England; absolutely crushing the comptetition in a variety of insane strength challenges. After being crowned the winner, the 25-year-old tore off his shirt and dramatically declared: “I AM THE FUTURE OF STRENGTH, AS I AM THE KING OF THE STONES.”

Bastard stole my line. 

As mentioned earlier, when he's prepping for a competition, Bjornsson says he consumes between 8,000-10,000 calories daily. 

"I eat a lot and often, mostly very healthy food," he told the Post. "My diet is rather high in carbohydrates, but I try staying away from junk-carbs and try eating more of sweet potatoes, brown rice and lots of healthier protein sources. If I get a craving for hamburgers or something like that, I will have it. The diet is not as much a hassle for strongmen as in some other sports, but I like to stay in good overall shape, and as far as acting goes, I believe that has to be a good thing."

Watch Bjornsson channel his inner-Mountain below.

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