Game of Thrones actor breaks 1,000-year-old Viking strength record

Hafthór Björnsson, who plays The Mountain in the series, was able to outdo a legendary warrior

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Game of Thrones may have boasted actors the calibre of Charles Dance, Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage over its four series, but one lesser known member of the cast has outdone them all for sheer method research – it looks like Hafthór Björnsson really IS the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms.

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The 26-year-old Icelandic actor, who plays vicious knight Ser Gregor Clegane (aka The Mountain) in the HBO series, is idly passing the time between seasons by being ridiculously hench and shattering strength records  – including one supposedly set 1,000 years ago…

Björnsson was competing in Norway’s strongest Viking competition (as you do) when he pulled off the stunt, which presumably now makes him the strongest man for the last few millennia. You can watch the feat below – and yes, he is the sort of person to yell “Victory!” when he does cool stuff.

Strength competition site IronMind (who were covering the event) detailed the original legend that Björnsson based his feat on:

“The record has been described in the Icelandic Sagas. 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 10m 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!”

Björnsson (who is officially Europe’s strongest man and the second strongest in the world) was able to do the same trick, except, unlike the puny Stórólfsson, the actor’s back was in one piece afterwards. Oh, and he took FIVE steps. Basically he went for a stroll with it, all casual like, and won the competition.

It’s extremely impressive, we’ll admit – but it’s still not enough for us to forgive him for what he did to poor old Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) in series four…

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