Prince Oberyn didn't stand a chance

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
February 04, 2015 11:45 AM
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If you were in disbelief watching Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. The Mountain) crush a human skull in season 4 of Game of Thrones, we have now learned that the actor, Hafthér Jéléus Björnsson, could probably do the same in real life.

Icelandic-born Björnsson, 26, just broke a 1,000-year-old viking record.

A strongman competitor as well as an actor, Björnsson carried a 1,433-lb. log on his back for five steps. Check it out in the video above – it’s truly something to behold.

If five steps doesn’t sound like a lot – and if it doesn’t, what have you been lifting at the gym? – Icelandic legend holds that the previous record was accomplished with a measly three steps.

In the legend, the original log, which was 10 meters long, had to be placed on the previous record-holder’s back by “50 mere mortals,” World’s Strongest Viking organizers told IronMind.

Björnsson shared his victory on Instagram on Tuesday:

Standing at 6’9″, Björnsson began his career as a basketball player. In 2010 and 2011, he was named the Strongest Man in Iceland, and in 2011, he won the Iceland’s Strongest Man contest. (Two different things, mind you.)

In 2014, Björnsson placed second in the World’s Strongest Man contest. We’re thinking he has a pretty good chance at the title for 2015.