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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
the important Hanseatic city of Reval (or Revel),
capital Tallinn attracts much tourism in part
due to its
an intact city wall and (seen here behind the
watch tower by
the name of
in de Kœk “Peek
Language Information: Estonian is used by approximately one million people, most of them living in Estonia. It is also used in some other countries, especially in Finland and Latvia as well as in overseas immigration countries
Estonian is a Finnic
language that is fairly closely related to Võro, Finnish, Karelian, Meänkieli, Livonian, Ingrian, Ludic, Veps and Votic.
family of languages to which also Hungarian and other Ugric languages as well
as the Sami languages belong.
For centuries, Estonian
was strongly influenced by other languages. The main types of loanwords are the following:
Germanic (mostly shared with Finnish)
Saxon (Middle Saxon to Modern)
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retains ancient names for surrounding countries and peoples. For example, Sweden
is know as Rootsi,
the land of the Rus Viking élite that gave the Russians their name; and Germany is known as Saksamaa (“Saxon Land”), hailing back to the days when what is now Northern Germany was Saxony, the
place from which Talinn (then Reval) was integrated into the Hanseatic Trading