Orm Storolfsson, also known as Orm Storolfsson the Strong (fl. AD 1000) was an Icelandic strongman who gained considerable attention during his lifetime for extraordinary feats of strength. He is documented in the Icelandic Saga book to have walked three steps with the mast of Ormrinn Langi, weighing over 650 kilograms (1,430 lb) and 10 metres (33 ft) in length, on his shoulders before breaking his back. According to legend, it took some 50 men to place the ship’s mast on his shoulders due to its extreme weight.
On 31 January 2015, the record, which had stood for over 1000 years, was beaten by fellow Icelander Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson at the World’s Strongest Viking competition in Norway, where he carried a 32 feet (9.8 m) long 1,433 pounds (650 kg) log for five steps.
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