> One way of reading this story is to see in it a convention that if you
> borrowed someone's pot, you ought to return it with some food in it as
I think that's it exactly! I've "dlighidh coire cnáimh" to
the Quotations collection:
> This gains some strength from the other saying found in both poems;
> that coal is the due of a blacksmith.
> The law texts specifically state that a blacksmith should charge one
> ounce of silver for producing a vessel made from six ounces of iron. But
> in addition to this fee, the customer had also to supply, or pay for,
> the iron. That is, for the raw materials. (Query whether this might also
> have included the coal used up in the process?)
All the context we have so far points to that. Very nice!!