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15 February 2019 06:32

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Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash spark engagement rumours with sweet Valentine's Day surprise

Watch Game Of Thrones' The Mountain Read Valentine's Day Poems Shirtless By Laura Hurley Random Article Blend When you think of romance on Game of Thrones, you probably don't think of The Mountain. Still, even The Mountain can get in the mood if the occasion calls for it, as a new video features the man himself reading Game of Thrones-themed Valentine's Day poetry. In all seriousness, Hafþór 'Thor' Júlíus Björnsson (who is actually not the first gigantic actor to play The Mountain on Game of Thrones) is a joy to watch in SodaStream's Valentine's Day commercial. He may look like the non-zombie version of The Mountain and he may be dropping Thrones references, but there's nothing frightening about him as he recites poetry. (The captions don't hurt.) My favorite moment of the video actually comes at the end of the first poem, which opens with "Blood is red" and closes with "Or I will crush you." Not only is the poem epic, but Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson cracking up immediately after finishing the recitation is worth a laugh.

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Stacey Solomon sparks engagement rumours as Joe Swash reveals Valentine’s Day surprise and she hides left hand

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones doesn't premiere until April, and the showrunners' comments on trailers lead me to wonder if we won't get much footage ahead of time. St. Valentine's Day began as a feast day commemorating two different saints by the name of Valentine, though the liturgical celebrations bore no resemblance to the modern-day emphasis on love and courtship. The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer first spread and popularized the notion of St. Valentine's Day as a romantic holiday in the late 1300s, a characterization that was picked up by his contemporaries and has remained popular ever since. For all intents and purposes, the church's veneration of the composite St. Valentine differed little from any other Christian saint's feast day and did not feature any focus on love or celebration of courtship and marriage. The first recorded reference to St. Valentine's day as a courtship-themed holiday appeared in Geoffrey Chaucer's poem "The Parlement of Foules," written and published in the early 1380s.

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As for any link between Lupercalia and modern Valentine's Day courtship, stories about young lovers being paired together for the year during Lupercalia surfaced only after Chaucer's romantic version of the holiday became popular. I will admit that the ongoing partnership between actor and weightlifting champion Thor Björnsson — aka Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on Game of Thrones — and at-home carbonated drink marvel SodaStream has always surprised me somewhat. They've just put out a Valentine's Day video featuring the Mountain reading love poems. A few lucky folks might then get the chance to hear their poem read aloud by Björnsson in a "special Valentine's video" designed to "tear your heart apart." ("With love," of course.) And, draped across a chaise lounge in front of a roaring fire in a cabin that would make Ron Swanson proud, Björnsson does just that in a brand new video: Out of the nearly 300 comments on the original Facebook post, four poems were selected, which the Mountain reads aloud as only the strongest man in the world can. If the answer to all of the above is no, then fear not, you now have the gift of The Mountain from Game of Thrones reading you romantic poetry - lying on his side shirtless in front of a fire.

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In the video, the 6ft 9in brick-shithouse - whose real name is Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson - reclines on a sofa and reads poems submitted by SodaStream social channel users. The Mountain certainly seems to think it is anyway, inhaling deeply from a rose that looks absolutely tiny in his hands, before adding: "So romantic." Gregor Clegane is alive and well, y'all, and he's helping Game of Thrones fans celebrate Valentine's Day. If you thought Thor Björnsson was immune to romantic gestures due to his killer capabilities on the HBO show, he's teamed up with SodaStream to prove otherwise. The actor known as The Mountain stripped down in front of a fire alongside roses and sparkling water to recite love poems on scrolls from actual fans. "Lannisters are red, White Walkers are blue, and on this Valentine's Day, I give all of Westeros to you." Watch the clip above and see The Mountain get "very emotional" on this day of love. The Mountain from "Game of Thrones" has recorded a special Valentine's Day clip you won't want to miss.

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Hafþor Julius Bjornsson, who plays the character, can be seen lying shirtless in front of a fire with roses while reading love poems in the recently-released video. Surrounded by a bouquet of red roses and a tray full of breakfast, Stacey's left hand was hidden under the duvet as she cryptically teased her Valentine's Day surprise. Are they?: Stacey Solomon has sparked engagement rumours with her boyfriend Joe Swash after she hid her left hand on Instagram after sharing her Valentine's Day surprise She said: 'Totally wasn't ready for such a lovely V day surprise (I was sleep [laughing emoji]) Joe also posted the picture to his own Instagram account with the caption: 'Happy Valentine's Day to the most amazing.beautiful.kind.loving.and sexy girlfriend in the world ❤️❤️❤️.' (sic) Engaged?: The Loose Women panellist, 29, took to her social media platform to share a picture of herself tucked up in bed with her two sons - Zachary, ten, and Leighton, six Cryptic: Surrounded by a bouquet of red roses and a tray full of breakfast, Stacey's left hand was hidden under the duvet as she cryptically teased her Valentine's Day surprise The former X Factor star also shared a collection of hand-decorated cookies and heart pictures painted by her two sons, she said: 'Came home to this from the loves of of my life,' followed by heart and crying emojis. However, Joe was left disappointed by his Valentine's Day surprise from Stacey as she revealed she didn't have time to buy him any presents and instead ran to the local supermarket to gift him Zoflora and razors. Oops: However, Joe was left disappointed by his Valentine's Day surprise from Stacey as she revealed she didn't have time to buy him any presents and instead ran to the local supermarket Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have sparked engagement rumours among fans after sharing a special Valentine's Day Instagram post.

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"Happy Valentine's Day to the most amazing beautiful kind loving and sexy girlfriend in the world," he wrote in the caption. "Totally wasn't ready for such a lovely V day surprise (I was asleep)," she wrote, adding: "Love you to the moon and back @realjoeswashy P.S why does my hand look so long." She went on to post some hilarious clips of Swash unwrapping his Valentine's Day gifts, which Solomon claimed to have picked up at "the supermarket." STACEY Solomon has sparked speculation that she and long-term boyfriend Joe Swash are engaged after he surprised her with breakfast in bed and a bouquet of red roses. Instagram 13 Stacey Solomon has sparked speculation that she and long-term boyfriend Joe Swash are engaged And now showing his appreciation for Stacey, Joe captioned the shot: "Happy Valentines day to the most amazing.beautiful.kind.loving.and sexy girlfriend in the world." While Joe showcased his love for his other half, fans were quick to speculate about a possible engagement this Valentine's Day. "Have a lovely day Stacey. Instagram 13 Fans were quick to speculate about a possible engagement this Valentine's Day While getting their fans into a tizzy, Stacey revealed she gifted Joe a shaving razor, air freshener and floor cleaner for Valentine's Day in a series of hilarious Instagram clips. Instagram 13 Stacey revealed she gifted Joe a shaving razor, air freshener and floor cleaner for Valentine's Day