I just started to read Dune, the terms and content is like bizarre to me. There are special terms without previous introduction of its nature. For example: Muad'Dib, Gom jabber( fortunately, it was later revealed as a poison needle ), quasi-fief, faufreluches, Kull wahad, etc.

If I google them, I will find them in Dune wiki with good explaination, but do I need to look it up?

  • Having misread the title of this question gave me the idea of creating a little community-wiki question here to make such a glossary. However, I am not certain whether that’s a good idea.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 22:34

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There is a glossary at the end of the book. The Wiki might contain spoilers so stick to the book.

  • Exactly what I was going to say. The book uses all these made-up terms in such an off-hand way because there are handy definitions at the end of the book.
    – user1027
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 15:20
  • It's not actually in all editions, but it is in almost all. I've encountered a hardcover library edition sans glossary and timeline.
    – aramis
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 7:54
  • @aramis interessting. When I first read Dune, my library didn't even have a hardcover version at all :D
    – OliverS
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 8:30

No, they'll be explained enough in context. Besides, this way you get to feel some of Paul's confusion and wonder at his strange new world.

(Besides, quasi-fief doesn't have an entry on the Dune wiki -- probably because its parts are in any English-language dictionary.)

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