Why exactly is it so terrible if people pronounce it that way by accident?
Maybe it doesn't have the same effect on you, but imagine this: think of a movie. Think of epic, swelling music and a beautiful shot of some warrior on horseback, rearing before his army and raising his sword in the air, shouting, "For Wylfgard!"
First do that with "Wolfgard." And say it aloud just so you know exactly how it would sound.
Then do that with "Wilfgard," also saying it aloud.
And tell me which one gives you chills and which one just makes you want to laugh. For me it's in that same order. That's how I feel about that pronunciation problem, personally. And also if it's pronounced that way, it destroys the word "wolf" even being in the name if you don't see it spelled out, so we might as well just call it Zevgard or Vargard or Ulvgard or some other word for wolf-gard.
I mean, it's not what you want it to be called, but they aren't doing it out of malice at least.
Some people may not be, but I'm sure those who dislike it and want to call it something bad sounding out of malice would jump on the opportunity to call it Wilfgard after I say that's how it's not supposed to be pronounced. I don't really want anyone to have that opportunity whether they're doing it out of a mistake or malice. I like the spelling, but the pronunciation errors still irk me horribly.
I just can't see what's so bad about "Wylfgard", what's the point of a different spelling if it sounds the same as something more mundane? And furthermore, what's the point of giving a fantasy world a name that's "properly" pronounced more mundanely than it could be? To me eliminating the option of making a word sound more foreign while making that same word look more foreign is just pretentious.
I don't see how it's "pretentious," exactly, but whatever.
I'm still for putting Ulvgard on the table as a compromise though.
That... is a bit too unusual - people wouldn't even know what it meant, and besides that, then the Shifters couldn't logically call werewolves 'werewolves,' they'd have to call them something using the term 'ulv' or 'ulf,' which I don't really want.
And here we are, still not at a decision.
I'm so tempted to stick with Wylfgard because I like it better, but I still feel so hesitant. Apparently everyone else, pretty much, agrees that we should just stick with Wylfgard... and now it's boiled down to either Wulfgard or Wylfgard. I'll just have to talk to Justin about it some more.