On second thoughts: <eiða> was a fairly rare poetic term in Old Norse, wasn't it? (Proto-)Finnish presumably borrowed the word at a time when it had less restricted currency, and when the phonetic form was still something like *aiþi: -- so it seems the borrowing must have been pre-ON anyway.
----- Original Message -----
From: Piotr Gasiorowski
To: norse_course@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: Odp: [norse_course] Finnish loans (was: synonyms)

"The "mother" word <äiti> has Gothic and West Germanic cognates (OHG eidî), and this fact seems to guarantee its PGmc origin, but I don't think it is found in the documented Scandinavian languages."


Sure it does:) ON: "eiða".

Oops! thanks a lot, Haukur. Silly me. Well, I joined this list to learn something, after all :)