Background to the Dark Ages series
Olde English may be unrecognisable now but the roots of our modern language began here.
Anglo Saxon is pronounced the same as modern English with the following exceptions:
When two vowels are together the transition is smooth and produces only one syllable.
a when followed by n or m is pronounced o, as in hot.
ea as in pear.
i when long as in machine will be spelled ig but pronounced ee.
y is a vowel and is interchangeable with i.
Double consonants are pronounced twice.
c pronounced as k if before a, o or u and at the end of words with those vowels;
pronounced ch before e, i and y and at the end of words with those vowels.
cg is pronounced j.
f is unvoiced when at the beginning of a word or following double vowels;
voiced, pronounced v in all other instances.
g as in girl when before any consonant and a, o, u and y; after n; when doubled;
pronounced y if before e and i and after r and l.
h pronounced ch as in loch if after a, o and u and after consonants;
unvoiced after e, i and y.
hw similar to modern wh, as in white.
r pronounced the American way (rolled).
sc pronounced sh as in shop.
Therefore Gulfyrian is pronounced g-u-l-v-i-r-ee-o-n.