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At the World’s Strongest Viking competition, strongman Hafthór “Thor” Björnsson — who is primarily known for his role as the Mountain in the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones‘ — broke an ancient Viking strength record by carrying a log that weighs over 1400 pounds on his back!
Let’s go back in time a thousand years to when the Vikings still dominated the seas and were known as the mightiest and strongest warriors in all the lands to illustrate how awesome breaking this record is. Orm Storolfson from Iceland was the strongest among all the Vikings back then and set a strength record that would stand for a thousands years, when he put the mast of the Viking ship Ormen Lange on his shoulders and carried it for three steps before his back gave out. He was never the same again.
And when I say mast, I’m talking about a 640kg / 1410lbs log that is 10m / 33ft long. No mere mortal could carry this log and thus Orm’s record stood for 1,000 years. That is until the mighty Thor attempted it a couple days ago.
He put the gigantic mast on his enormous Viking shoulders and carried it for five steps to break the previous record (which stood for more than 1,000 years) of three steps. In an interview after this unbelievable feat of strength, Thor said, “Well, today my friends, I made history! As well as winning the title of The World’s Strongest Viking for the second time in a row, I carried this MONSTER LOG 5 steps! My back held up fine! I’m on my way to my ultimate goal, to win The World’s Strongest Man! Nothing can stop me! Nothing can break me!”
We wish Thor all the best and hope he continues to crush strength records like a boss. He is definitely the strongest Viking of all time now!