Myfanwy (also: Myvanway ) is a Welsh woman's name derived from the word annwyl ('dear / dear') or 'm benyw (' my wife ').
Also Myfanwy known as a popular song in Wales , which of the Welsh musician and composer Joseph Parry was composed in 1875, and by the Welsh poet Richard Davies ( Mynyddog received) the text to the melody. According to some sources, Parry dedicated the melody to his childhood sweetheart Myfanwy Llywellyn, or it could have been inspired by the love story of the Myfanwy Fychan in Dinas Brân Castle (in Llangollen ).
Legend of Myfanwy
Legend has it that Myfanwy was the daughter of the Norman Earl of Arundel, and loved telling others she was the most beautiful woman in Powys . Many men visited the castle where she lived to court her and to confess her love to Myfanwy - even when they could not sing, compose or write poetry.
Only one man, Hywel ap Einion, a penniless young bard who lived in the valley below the castle, claimed that he could charm Myfanwy with his talent alone. She fell in love with the singer, who was able to praise her and verbally interweave her beauty with poetry. Because of this, Hywel believed she was in love with him. But his hopes were dashed when Myfanwy fell in love with a wealthy, handsome, and eloquent admirer.
Hywel, rejected and quickly forgotten by Myfanwy, dedicated a poem to his lost love: