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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
stone with runic (Old Jamtlandish?)
inscription found in
Jamtland. Translation: “Östman
this stone put up and
made the bridge, and he
be Christianized. Esbjerg
made the bridge,
these runes into the stone.”
information: Jamtlandish, jaamsk or jamske (Swedish jämtska), is used primarily in the Swedish province of Jamtland (Swedish Jämtland), a North Central Scandinavian area that used to belong to Norway and fell into
Swedish hands in 1645.
Language activists and numerous
native speakers regard Jamtlandish as being a language in its own right, a language
that, like Scanian
(skånska), Elfdalian (ölvdalską, övdalsk, also known as Dalecarlian, dalska, dalmål) and Modern Gutnish (gutamål, gutniska), has been surviving, albeit barely,
despite official exclusion, discouragement and neglect.
Jamtlandish shares many features with Swedish and Norwegian dialects but in its entirety represents a unique group of language varieties.
language varieties of Norway, Jamtlandish belongs to the West Scandinavian group,
as opposed to Swedish, which, like Danish, Jutish (jysk), Scanian, Dalecarlian and Dano-Norwegian (bokmål), belongs to the East Scandinavian group.
Genealogy: Indo-European > Germanic > Northern > Scandinavian > Western