Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

222: The Willow-Wren and the Bear

      220-299 Other Animals and Objects

            1-299 ANIMAL TALES

Birds win by cleverness. The fox's lifted tail is to be the signal. The gnats stick him under the tail. He drops it and the quadrupeds flee. Cf. Type 104. It often serves as introduction to Type 313.

Variants

222A: Bat in War of Birds and Quadrupeds

Because of ambiguous form joins first one side and then the other. Discredited.

222B: War between Mouse and Sparrow

Eagle and dragon act as champions.

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
222A Aesop / George Fyler Townsend 1867 Greece English The Bat and the Weasels
222 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm 1909 Germany English The Willow-Wren and the Bear

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