The legend of Melangell derives from two seventeenth-century transcript of a lost medieval Life of the Saints.

One day a prince named Brochwe was hunting at a place called Pennant His hounds raised a hare that tool refuge in a thicket On pursuit, the prince found a virgin praying, with thE hare hiding under the folds of her garment. The hounds were urged or but fled howling; their huntsman raised his horn to his lips and wai unable to remove it The virgin informed the prince that she dwelt at hiS place, and that she had fled here for refuge.

So impressed was the prina by Melangels godliness that he granted the valley to her and here she founded a religious community