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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
Drenthe Low Saxon
Language information: Drenthe Low Saxon is one of the varieties of the Low Saxon language, spoken
in the Dutch province of Drenthe. The direct descendant of Old Saxon, Low Saxon—usually,
with the inclusion of Low Franconian varieties, known as “Low German” (Niederdeutsch, Plattdeutsch) in Germany—is originally used in the eastern parts of the Netherlands and in
the northern parts of Germany. It is closely related to both German and (especially)
Dutch but is recognized as separate regional language by the European Union. [Click here
Genealogy: Indo-European > Germanic > Western > Low German > (Low) Saxon > North Saxon > Southern > Drenthe