Watch the Mountain From ‘Game of Thrones’ Break a 1,000 Year-Old Record

Strongman competitor Hafthór Björnsson, better known to Game of Thrones fans as "The Mountain" from season four, recently broke a 1,000-year-old weightlifting record at the World's Strongest Viking competition in Norway, Björnsson. While not officially part of the contest, the record is based on the story that in 1,000 AD, Icelander Orm Storolfson carried the roughly 1,400-pound mast of a Viking ship on his shoulders for three steps before breaking his back.


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Björnsson carried a similar log for five steps and walked away unscathed. For comparison, 1,400 pounds is the weight of a bull, thoroughbred horse, or a little less than a Smart Car. Björnsson finished second last year at the World's Strongest Man competition, and his somewhat more relatable personal records include a 510-pound bench press, 926-pound deadlift, and 770-pound squat.

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