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Orm Storolfsson, also known as Orm Storolfsson the Strong[1] (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[2] 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.[3][4] According to legend, it took some 50 men to place the ship’s mast on his shoulders due to its extreme weight.[5]

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.[4]

The name of Vormsi island (Swedish: Ormsö - "Orm's Island") in Estonia possibly refers to Orm Storolfsson.[6]


  1. ^ Cook, Robert (2001). Njal's Saga. Penguin Books Limited. p. 657. ISBN 978-0-14-044769-9. 
  2. ^ Smilely, Jane; Kellogg, Robert (2001). The Sagas of the Icelanders. Penguin Books Limited. p. 1291. ISBN 978-0-14-100003-9. 
  3. ^ "Watch the Mountain From 'Game of Thrones' Break a 1,000 Year-Old Record". Men's Journal. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Jan. 31 "World's Strongest Viking" competition in Norway". International Business Times. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Mountain from 'Game of Thrones' smashes Viking weightlifting record". The Daily Dot. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Ajalugu - Vormsi Talumuuseum