When I first read Wheel of Time (shortly after I read Dune), I was struck by the similarity between the Aiel and the Fremen, as well as the White Tower and the Bene Gessirit. Are there any other such similarities? Had Robert Jordan ever accepted whether he was influenced by Dune?

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    I would say the Wheel of Time is more heavily influenced by "Cheers", just a bunch of people sitting in a tavern, forever. Mar 17 '11 at 22:29
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    +1 I had that same thought, and had forgotten, until you posted this question. Thanks!
    – morganpdx
    Mar 17 '11 at 22:30
  • @JackBNimble Didn't we talk about this in chat and come to the conclusion that you must be getting mixed up with a different book? The people in WoT are going all over the place doing all sorts of things, and don't spend a very significant amount of time in taverns (certainly not the same tavern).
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 28 '16 at 18:01
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    @randalthor I think we came to the conclusion that I was confusing the Ta'vern(or whatever) with a place. Feb 29 '16 at 3:24
  • Wait, they're not the same thing?
    – Möoz
    Feb 25 '19 at 8:34

According to something I've found the similarities are more from drawing on similar real-world influences - the same cultures, myths etc. Rather than direct x was influenced by Y.

On similarities between The Wheel of Time and other SF (including Dune) is one analysis of the similarities written by various WoT fans.

Brandon Sanderson/Team Jordan Quotes (a google doc) - Search 'Dune' contains some Robert Jordan quotes on his view about any Dune influences there are.

*Apparently some spoilers in this thread - *Dune Vs. Wheel of Time

  • Excellent links.
    – apoorv020
    Mar 17 '11 at 5:26
  • I need to improve this answer - the google Doc is not being updated anymore AFAIK. THe main compendium of interview information is now at theoryland.com/wheel-of-time-interview-search.php - but I can't find a way to permalink a specific search term. Jan 10 '13 at 18:59
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    Wont even let me look at the google doc. Says I need to request permission.
    – DCShannon
    Feb 5 '16 at 22:41
  • The first link is broken.
    – Dima
    Jul 3 '19 at 18:38
  • The last link is broken as well.
    – Dima
    Dec 29 '19 at 1:30

It's a mixture of Dune and Lord of the Rings from what I can tell. The stories show similarities between the two classics and the wheel of time series, sometimes in an overt way. Using the idea of The Great Eye always being on them, the desert people, the king who refuses to accept that he is a king and is the best ranger/warder to help the friends on their adventure. There are many examples throughout the wheel of time series from what I have read so far that seem as if they have been pulled almost directly from the predeceasing books. Ring Wraiths and Fades, Aes Sedai and Bene Gesserit, Rangers and Warders, Lan and Strider, Aiel and Fremen, Ogiers and Tree Ents, etc.

Having said all that, I'm 3/4 through the second book and the stories are holding my interest. I think they are worth the read if nothing else because they are fun.

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    It's worth noting that Robert Jordan specifically set out to make the first 100 pages of The Eye of the World to resemble the Fellowship of the Ring, so that readers would feel at home. Aug 17 '11 at 18:45

I have been noticing a lot more similarities.

Shaitan is used in both but understandable if same source material but then also character names furok is one but I’ve noticed more. I can’t help but wonder if Dune isn’t an entirety accidental prequel to Wheel of Time.

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