“fandom nitpicking at it worse”

SandChigger | May 18, 2011

Some named Lucy used the feedback form in the Dune Encyclopedia section of the website to send me this yesterday (my time): I don’t really think your criticism of the lyrics to Inama Nushif is really fair. For one, this is a totally fictitious work.The contemporary linguists were only trying to come up with as [...]

Would composer Brian Tyler committing plagiarism…

SandChigger | October 14, 2010

… in some song lyrics way back in 2003 be something you might be interested in looking into? I’ve been trying to contact Tyler for some kind of comment for about half a year now — through the email addresses given on his website, through his Facebook and MySpace accounts, even through his agent at [...]

Fremen and Modern Arabic

SandChigger | June 17, 2010

I’ve added a new page in the resources section of the site, something I’ve been working on for a while: a comparison of Frank Herbert’s Dune “Fremen” language and the Modern Arabic words and phrases which presumably were its source. A comparison of Frank Herbert’s “Fremen” and Modern Arabic If you have any comments or [...]

An Ishtiqaq al-Kalima “Qizara”

SandChigger | March 25, 2010

If, like Byron Merritt, you have spent any time poring over Khalid Baheyeldin’s Arabic and Islamic themes in Frank Herbert’s “Dune” webpage, you may have noticed his entry for Quizara Tafwid: Fremen priests (after Muad’Dib). The Arabic term Tafwid means “to delegate”. Well, actually tafwîḍ is a noun meaning, according to Wehr (p.732), “entrustment, commissioning; [...]