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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
Dutch (Variety of the Lijmers Region, The Netherlands)
This dialect group of Gelderland’s Lijmers region is considered a part of Dutch but is transitional between Low Franconian and Saxon dialects. These days it tends to be considered a peripheral member of the Cleves Franconian group.
Genealogy: Indo-European > Germanic > Western > Low German > Cleves Franconian > Peripheral