The 'Sliding Finns'

The 'Sliding Finns'
The 'Sliding Finns'

The 'sliding Finns' (or Scric Finns) live between Bjarmia and Finnmark in Scricfinia. The name derives from the fact that when they travel they use certain sorts of wooden boards, the front of which is bent in the manner of a bow into a curve. Their way of life is primitive: their main nourishment is fish and the raw flesh of wild animals, and they are clothed in wire-haired skins. Nevertheless, they are highly skilled travellers: no hill is too steep for the sliding Finns to reach the top by skilfully choosing some roundabout way. After leaving the base of the valley, first they ascend the lowest ledges by circulating the area here and there until they attain the peak set as their goal. Occasionally they perform these heroic achievements in the fever of the hunt and sometimes only to compete with each other in resourcefulness and skill. Magical powers are also at the command of the sliding Finns, with which they manage in combat, also against overwhelming enemies.