Rhufon (aka Brochwel) was the third son of Cunedda Wledig (the Imperator). When the Irish became dominant in North Wales, he travelled, with his family, from their home in Manau Gododdin (on the Forth) to expel them. Rhufon was then given the area around Denbigh as a reward and here he set up the kingdom named after him. He probably ruled as a sub-king under his brother, King Einion Yrth (the Impetuous) of Gwynedd.
It is unclear for how long his descendants continued to use the title of 'King', but they appear to have enjoyed a certain amount of power in the area possibly into the late fifth century. Rhufon was initially succeeded by his son, Mor.
Records of King Rhufon date back to the 11th century. He is generally considered legendary.
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