Húsafell Stone

Húsafell Stone

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Description

A black and white image depicts a large stone. It is wider at one end than the other, giving it a vague triangular shape. Its craterous surface is accented with patches of snow.


Date

Artifact: unknown


Information

The Húsafell Stone is a large, 420 lb (190 kg) stone located in Húsafell, Iceland. Local legend claims that the stone has been use for lifting competitions for hundreds of years, though this is unverified. It has become a subject of legend among the modern strongman community, particularly after the 1992 World’s Strongest Man competition, in which the Húsafell Stone walk was a central event.

As the Húsafell Stone is simply a natural boulder, there would be little use in dating it. It is also unknown at what point in time the stone began to be used in local lifting competitions. As other lifting stones have been used in competitions throughout Iceland and all of Europe as early as the Middle Ages, it is possible this stone could have history as far back as well.


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Bibliography

Inverness, G. S. (2013). Transactions of the gaelic society of inverness volume 14. Place of publication not identified: Theclassics Us.