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The honor of a nobleman or even a King was threatened by the satire of a poet, & this was greatly feared. Refusal of a poet's request or failure to reward him adequately for a poem might bring satire upon one, & in the sagas a poet's satire might even disfigure a man. The demands of the poets, & the willingness of others to concede to them, whatever the cost, is a recurring theme.

- Myles Dillon & Nora Chadwick, The Celtic Realms, p. 106