" ‘Rhun son of Maelgwn Gwynedd, a man who has such authority that everyone goes to him for advice.’"

Maelgwn Gwynedd, who died in 547, was ruler of the Kingdom of Gwynedd in the second quarter of the 6th century. His court is said to have been at Deganwy, at the mouth of the River Conwy in North Wales.

His son, Rhun Hir ap Maelgwn (‘Tall Rhun, son of Maelgwn’), ruled Gwynedd between 547 and 586.  An elegy to him, under the title Marwnad Rhun (‘Elegy for Rhun’), was thought to have been written by the 6th century court poet Taliesin (although this is now disputed).

 

Ruins of Deganwy Castle
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRuins of Deganwy Castle - Credit: Jonathan Wilkins

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