Gwaith Dafydd Ap Gwilym NotesRhydderch was the son of Ieuan Llwyd and Angharad of Glyn Aeron, see the elegy to his mother, poem 9. He became one of the most prominent patrons of literature in Wales in the second half of the fourteenth century, owner of the White Book of Rhydderch and subject of praise poems by Llywelyn Goch ap Meurig Hen (GLlGMH 4, an awdl to both Rhydderch and Llywelyn Fychan), Dafydd y Coed (GDC 1), Iolo Goch (GIG XIV.73-80), and an elegy by Guffudd Llwyd (GGLl 13). He held various posts in local government in Ceredigion in the 1380s and 90s, and died around the end of the century. This must therefore be a pseudo-elegy, and that assumption is supported by the emphasis both on love (serch rhymes with Rhydderch in lines 11-12, 21-2, 33-4 a 43-4), and on his friendship with Llywelyn Fychan. Rhydderch was born about 1320 (see Huws, 1991, 20), and is likely to have been in his twenties or even younger when this poem was composed. Llywelyn Fychan ap Llywelyn Goch ap Llywelyn Gaplan was Rhydderch's second cousin (see WG1 'Llywelyn Gaplan' 2). The fact that Llywelyn Goch addressed a poem to the two cousins together is further evidence of the close friendship between the two.2. ar lethrdir uchel Llywelyn Fychan's home was in the commote of Anhuniog, perhaps on the steep hill above Trefilan (see GLlGMH p. 85).15-16. Amlyn and Amig were the heroes of the story Kedymdeithyas Amlyn ac Amic preserved in the Red Book of Hergest (ed. Patricia Williams, Caerdydd, 1982), and they are referred to in poetry as a pattern of faithful friends, e.g. GIG XXII.60-1. This is the only example of the variant form Emig, but it does occur in some copies of Iolo Goch's poem (see GIG p. 96). It is perhaps used here in order to avoid repeating the syllable -am.