NameRhun King of Gwynedd
Birthabt 508
Death586, in Powys
Misc. Notes
Latin, Rugenus/English, Run

Rhun was, like his father, a tall man, hence his nickname. According to Welsh law, Rhun managed to succeed to the Gwynedd throne despite being illegitimate. However, his position was disputed by his eldest legitimate half-sister, St. Eurgain and her husband, Prince Elidyr Mwynfawr (the Wealthy) of Strathclyde. Elidyr's armies invaded Gwynedd. They sailed through the Menai Straits and landed near Caer-Segeint, alias Caer-yn-Arfon (Caernarfon). Rhun had strong local support, however, and the Northern army was thoroughly defeated. Elidyr was killed in battle on the Cadnant Brook. King Riderch Hael (the Generous) of Strathclyde, Elidyr's cousin, appears to have attempted a revenge attack a few years later. Rhun was victorious for a second time, and followed through by taking a large army north to help his half-brother, Bridei, secure his place on the Pictish throne. Rhun's favourite palace was that which he set up up-river from Degannwy at the old Roman fort of Canovium. Originally Caer-Ganwy, it later took the name of Caer-Rhun in his honour. He died there in 586.


Rhun was famed as a poet. "He died in extreme old age, a refugee in Powys, after the English had overrun his kingdom; but
the time when his father's inheritance needed to be asserted was in his youth, when Rhun marched through his kingdom."
"He was military master of northern Britain from the Trent to the borders of his brother's Pictish kingdom." {-"The Age of
Arthur," John Morris (Scribner's, 1973, p.217)}
Spouses
ChildrenBeli (540-599)
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