The Mountain From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Broke A 1,000-Year-Old Weightlifting Record

Terrifying mobile sculpture Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as the Mountain from Game of Thrones, best known as TV’s most famous eye-squisher, won Europe’s Strongest Man Contest in 2014. But he’s also the strongest man…in a millennium. During this weekend’s World’s Strongest Viking competition, Björnsson “[broke] a record that has been part of history for 1,000 years,” for as they foretold in the ancient scrolls, I KILLED THE RECORD. I SMASHED ITS HEAD IN.

“The record has been described in the Icelandic Sagas,” said Ilkka Kinnunen who reported on the event for Iron Mind. “The legend of the Icelander Ormur Stórólfsson goes that he walked three steps with a monster wooden log which weighed over 650 kg and was 10 m long. It took 50 mere mortals to help him place it on his back. After he took his third step, his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that.” (Via)

The man they call Thor carried the same monster log for five steps. Björnsson will next compete in World’s Strongest Man, so good luck, mere mortals foolish enough to challenge this guy.


UPDATE: Here’s the incredible, back-breaking video.

Grapevine via The AV Club