This word, derived from the Norwegian “finnsko” (“finn” for Finnish and Old Norse “sko” for shoe), refers to a furred boot made from tanned reindeer skin. They’re traditional footwear of the Sami people in the Lapland region, known more recently as “nutukas”. The skin comes from the reindeer’s legs or occasionally the head.
Word Archaeology: finnesko
March 20, 2021