A friend in an unexpected place?

SandChigger | December 23, 2010

The other night I was reading more of the Budayeen Nights collection of Marîd Audran stories by George Alec Effinger and happened upon another interesting tidbit with probable Dune connections. According to Barbara Hambly, who wrote the Foreword and introduction to each story, she commissioned and gave Effinger the idea for the story “Marîd and [...]

The Harkonnen “Booty-Meadow”

SandChigger | December 12, 2010

Again when their ghrazzu riders return with a booty, feyd or chessab, the women dance out with singing to meet them: … (I.452) We journeyed now in a plain desert of gritty sand, which is called Shaaba; beset with a world of trappy and smooth basalt bergs, so that we could not see far to [...]

His ighir citadel…

SandChigger | December 4, 2010

The other night I was replacing my chapter-marking PostIts in my paperback copy of Dune Messiah and as I was flipping through Chapter 12, this paragraph caught my eye: The immensity of this ighir citadel began to impress her. Passages…passages…They passed an open doorway from which emerged the sound of timbur and flute playing soft, [...]

The Etymology of “Gom Jabbar”, Part 2

SandChigger | April 16, 2010

Last Saturday I blogged about how stupid DuneNovels on Twitter looked simply reposting Khalid Baheyeldin’s partial explanation of the original Arabic source for “Gom Jabbar”. (He explains Jabbar, but not Gom.) I offered some speculation of my own on the origins of the mystery word, and concluded that “until ‘someone’ comes forward with something definitive [...]

Dune Sources: Travels in Arabia Deserta

SandChigger | April 16, 2010

Back last fall when I posted here that I had discovered that R. B. Cunninghame Graham’s 1898 travelogue Mogreb-el-Acksa: a Journey in Morocco contained passages which indicated beyond little doubt that Frank Herbert was familiar with it and had in fact drawn upon it for terms and phrases used in his Dune novels, our good [...]

The Bicouros of Shaitan

SandChigger | March 22, 2010

Seeing how there is renewed interest in the Arabic origins of terms and names in Frank Herbert’s Dune novels (judging from Byron Merritt’s recent posts to the DuneNovels account on Twitter), I’ve been putting the finishing touches on that new page for the website I mentioned back in October. One column of the table that [...]

Mogreb-el-Acksa, a Dune source?

SandChigger | October 24, 2009

I have recently been working on a new page for HToD showing the words and phrases of Frank Herbert’s Fremen, the forms and meanings of the original Arabic he based it on, and the apparent rules he used to derive his language. To begin, I took the list of words from the page on Khalid [...]