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Here's What The Mountain From "Game Of Thrones" Looked Like Before He Was A Mountain

A transformation is coming.

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last few years, you'll recognise this happy chap as the baddest man in Westeros – The Mountain.

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You'll also probably know by now that the actor who plays him – 27-year-old Icelander Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – is one of the strongest men in the world.

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At present he is the reigning third strongest man in the world, which is OK. I guess.

Here he is pulling a giant truck, because...well, probably just because he can.

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But what did the elder Clegane brother look like before he was capable of crushing someone's skull with his bare hands? Well, a lot like...

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...THIS! 😱 😱 😱 😱 😱 😱 😱 😱 😱

By the old gods and the new, that is one MOTHER of a transformation!
K.R. Basket Reykjavík / Via kr.is

By the old gods and the new, that is one MOTHER of a transformation!

Before Björnsson moved into the world of strongman in 2008 and 2009, he was a professional basketball player in his native Iceland.

These photos were taken in 2006 (age 17), when the 6 -foot, 9-inch Thrones star was playing for K.R. Basket Reykjavík. At the time he weighed around 230 pounds, whereas now he says he's just a touch under 400.
K.R. Basket Reykjavík / Via kr.is

These photos were taken in 2006 (age 17), when the 6 -foot, 9-inch Thrones star was playing for K.R. Basket Reykjavík. At the time he weighed around 230 pounds, whereas now he says he's just a touch under 400.

Earlier this year he spoke to GQ about why he made this unlikely switch:

I was always getting injured. I injured my ankles quite badly. I had to have surgery. So the second time I had an operation I decided to take a break from basketball to heal my foot. I could train more then, and I just fell in love with the weights, fell in love with training hard, started to put weight on quite fast, started to get strong really fast. I saw results.

Shame he got bigger, really. Oberyn would have beaten the 17-year-old Mountain every time...

K.R. Basket Reykjavík
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What a difference ten years makes!

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