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Getting to Know Glíma

Getting to Know Glíma

Photo of glíma wrestler statue at Iceland's Geysir | Photography by Sarah Crumb

Some may see it as a version of skimmy Sumo wrestling, but this traditional Icelandic martial art originated with Vikings. Guys are still giving demonstrations of the sport to showcase the brute strength of Icelanders, who are prominent in competitions such as the World’s Strongest Man, powerlifting, and this form of folk wrestling.

For historical reference, check out this British newsreel of a tournament:

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