Game of Thrones‘s The Mountain Coming to Philly Ren Faire
Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson — better known to fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones as The Mountain — will appear next month at the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. Björnsson will play King Thor at the Faire, which takes place on May 16th and 17th. “As the second-strongest man in the world,” a release says, “he’ll be performing feats of strength as well as portraying the leader of a Viking horde intent on invasion.”
Björnsson, who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs more than 440 pounds, was originally a basketball player. (Imagine having to move him out of the lane.) But a knee injury derailed his career, and he became a professional strongman. He was runner-up in last year’s World’s Strongest Man competition. For reference, he can deadlift 925.9 lbs.
— Hafþór J Björnsson (@ThorBjornsson_) March 26, 2015
This will be the “preview weekend” for the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, held at 4100 Chamounix Drive (near the intersection of Chamounix and Belmont Avenue). This year’s two-day event is a “preview” of a longer event to be held in 2016. “Unlike most Faires,” the Philadelphia Ren Faire explains, “the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire is pointedly not situated in England, but rather a fictional trading hub where people from many countries gather to engage in commerce.” But Vikings will invade that weekend in May — Hence Björnsson playing King Thor.
What’s kind of neat is, if you have the cash, you can play part of King Thor’s entourage. For $269, you get to be a viking in Thor’s horde and fight along with him. (You also get a DVD.) For $129, you get to do a “viking workout” with Björnsson. Or, if you pay $39, you get a King Thor t-shirt.
For more information about the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, visit its website.