Watch 'The Mountain' Break a 1000-Year-Old Viking Weightlifting Record

Pumping wood sounds dirty, but it's damn impressive.
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Pumping wood sounds dirty, but it's damn impressive.
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Hafthor Julius Bjornsson—better known as The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones—has just broken a record that lasted for over a millennium. After carrying a 1320-pound log five steps, Bjornsson was crowned (horned-helmeted?) World’s Strongest Viking. Per Viking etiquette, The Mountain celebrated by tearing his shirt apart to reveal his muscles.

Somewhat becalmed, Bjornsson (via ) explained the magnitude of the feat: Legendary Icelander Orm Storulfsson walked three steps with a gigantic wooden log on his back before his back broke under the enormous pressure. That was a long time ago and Bjornsson wanted to illustrate, basically, that it could be done without a subsequent trip to the hospital.

While it seems like a smaller prize, Bjornsson reportedly has his eyes on the World’s Strongest Man title. We ask, why be a man when you’re already a Viking?