Finnas
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
Finnas
gen. a; pl. m. I. the Finns generally, including Scride-finnas and Ter-finnas, are the inhabitants of the north and west coast from Halgoland [v. map in Ors. Bos.] to the White Sea, as defined by Ohthere in the following example Ne métte Ohthere nán gebún land, syððan he fram his ágnum háme [Hálgoland, q. v.] fór; ac him wæs ealne weg wéste land on ðæt steór-bord, bútan fisceran, and fugeleran, and huntan, and ðæt wǽron ealle Finnas Ohthere had not met with any inhabited land, since he came from his own home [Halgoland]; but the land was uninhabited all the way on his right, save by fishermen, fowlers and hunters, and they were all Finns, Ors. 1, 1; Bos. 20, 3-6. Ða Finnas and ða Beormas sprǽcon neáh án geþeóde the Finns and the Biarmians spoke nearly the same language, 1, 1: Bos. 20, 14: 19, 29. II. Finwood, between Gothland and Smöland, in the south of Sweden Ða Beówulf sǽ óþbær, flód æfter faroþe, on Finna land then the sea bore Beowulf away, the flood along the shore, on the Fins' land, Beo. Th. 1165; B. 580. Not Finland, but the Fins' land; for how could Beowulf, in his swimming-match with Breca, be borne by the sea to Finland? Thorpe thinks the following extract may, however, afford a solution of the difficulty, — 'Their [the Fins'] name is probably still to be found in the district of Finved [Finwood], between Gothland and Smöland. This inconsiderable and now despised race has, therefore, anciently been far more widely spread, and reached along the Kullen [the chain of mountains separating Norway from Sweden] down to the Sound, and eastward over the present Finland,' Petersen, Danmarks Historie i Hedenold i. p. 36. Ic wæs mid Finnum I was with the Fins, Scóp. Th. 153; Wld. 76. DER. Scride-finnas, Ter-.
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