Hafthór Björnsson, who plays Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the Game of Thrones recently broke a 1,000 year old Viking record when he carried a 1,433 pound 30 foot long log five steps.
According to Viking legend the prior record holder was Ormur Stórólfsson who is said to have carried for three steps the mast of a ship that weighed 1,250lbs. Unfortunately for Stórólfsson his back is said to have broken after the third step. Björnsson fared much better in not only beating Stórólfsson’s ancient accomplishment earlier this year, but surviving the process intact as can be seen below:
As if that wasn’t bad ass enough Björnsson followed that feat by recently breaking the “keg toss” world record, throwing the 33lb keg 24 feet and six inches. Check it out:
Björnsson actually started his sporting career as a basketball player! He played center for Icelandic Premier League side K.R. Basket Reykjavík before a knee injury forced early retirement at the age of 20. Then four-time World’s Strongest Man Magnús Ver Magnússon told him he ought to try weight-lifting. The results speak for themselves -he has been named Iceland’s Strongest Viking for three years in a row, and the world’s strongest man two straight years before dropping to third place this year.