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In Dune, was the Golden Path really necessary?

I am trying to understand the reason why Leto III merged with the sandtrout in Children of Dune and why he was so committed to the Golden Path. I just finished the first three books and I fear that I ...
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How did the sandworms/sandtrout appear on Arrakis?

Were they native species? My impression was that Arrakis was turned into Dune fairly recently, geologically/paleontologically speaking.
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How did Duncan Idaho lead the Harkonnen to Paul

When Jessica and Paul have just escaped to the desert, they speculate that Duncan Idaho could be tortured to reveal their location. Duncan later dies defending them from a Sardaukar attack. However, ...
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Why did Jessica Atreides have a son?

I'm reading the Dune audiobook (I'm re-reading the book after years). The only reason I noticed mentioned for why Jessica has a son is because Leto wanted one. I find this very unconvincing. I mean ...
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Why did the Dune mini-series (2000) not make Muad'Dib god-like, unlike the 1984 movie?

In the mini-series adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune (2000), Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides) does not become godlike by the end of the movie. At the end of the 1984 movie
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In the Dune series, how was Paul Atreides' choice of the mouse's name of Muad'Dib a natural choice?

Considering the messiah prophesy which was also Muad'Dib, I don't get it - how could he choose that name, and not be calling himself the messiah? The context of when he chose his name to be that of ...
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How can the Bene Geserit determine the sex of their offspring? [duplicate]

Lady Jessica defied her Reverend Mother's edict to "bear only daughters" because Duke Leto wanted a son- but how could these women choose what gender their children would be in the first ...
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What is the cause of Baron Harkonnen's pustules in 'Dune' (1984)?

In David Lynch's 1984 Dune film, the Baron Harkonnen's face is covered with pustules that his private physician attends to frequently. This concept was continued in the game Dune 2000, which based its ...
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Did Reverend Mother Mohiam actually do anything to Paul on Caladan to prevent him from talking to Leto about the threat?

In the beginning of Dune, I'm afraid I don't remember the exact quote, Paul and Leto are talking about Arrakis. Paul gives a warning to Leto, but remarks internally on "the effort" it takes ...
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Why does Duke Leto have a pug?

In the Dune film adaptation, Duke Leto Atreides possesses a pug (a dog) that appears in several scenes. At one point, Gurney Halleck, as portrayed by Patrick Stewart carries it into battle. I don't ...
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In the original six Dune books, when was the first mention of the Golden path, and did it mean the same thing as it did by the end?

The question says it all. When was the first mention of the Golden path in the books and when it was mentioned did it mean what it meant at the end of the series? Note that I do not want an answer ...
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Why doesn't Paul end all spice production?

(Spoilers for the below are for the first and subsequent books in the Dune series) In the novel Dune and its first sequel (which is as far as I've read so far), the main objective of Paul-Muad'dib is ...
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How many men did Duke Leto have on Arrakis?

The Baron Harkonnen mounted a huge, planet-wide invasion to take down the Atreides. Based on accounts of different characters, there had been more than 2000 ships and tens of battalions of Sardaukar ...
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What is the explanation for the basis of Buddhislamic faith in Dune Universe?

As a follow-up to a previous Dune question, Buddhislamic religion always struck me as a somewhat strange concept. From my limited (but greater than a random westerner) understanding of both, they ...
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Suspensors vs ornithopters in Dune

This question is about the Dune books, but it was inspired by watching the trailer for the upcoming Denis Villeneuve Dune move: in the trailer there are ornithopters (actually technically entomopters ...
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How do you get to orbit in Dune?

In the book Dune there are suspensor fields, and I believe (but am not sure) that some kinds of vehicle use them for flying, whereas there are also other flying vehicles (the ornithopters) that do not....
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Does spice cause blue lips in Frank Herbert's Dune?

I saw a comment here that implied that consumption of the spice (in Dune by Frank Herbert) caused blue lips. Is there any evidence of that? I only remember the blue within blue eyes. Spice giving ...
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How many different versions of cover art has Frank Herbert's Dune had since 1965?

Frank Herbert's Dune has had more than several printings. How many different versions of cover art have been used in total, to date? Is there a source where they are all shown together? If it is ...
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DUNE takes place near the north pole of Arrakis – why no midnight sun?

I just finished Dune. the majority of the novel takes place near the north pole of Arrakis. Arrakis’ sun, however, rises and sets in a way typical of Earth’s more temperate latitudes without any ...
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What is the solution to the problem of Delta Pavonis and Fomalhaut being seen in the sky of Dune? [closed]

In my aswer to this question: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/236769/dune-takes-place-near-the-north-pole-of-arrakis-why-no-midnight-sun[1] I said that some questions about Dune would be ...
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Do the sandworms know why humans are on Dune?

Recently I've re-watched David Lynch's Dune, and particularly the sandworm attacking a spice harvester has made me wonder something, as strange as it might sound- do the sandworms see humans as pests ...
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How did Paul Atreides Differ From the Intended Kwisatz Haderach?

It's been a while since I've re-read the Dune books, but I remember the Bene Gesserit were upset with Jessica because she was ordered to bear only female children. The long range plan was to breed ...
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How many characters in Dune are fictionalizations of real people?

In the appendices to Dune, Frank Herbert refers to a book by Pander Oulson, a transparent anagram of Poul Anderson. How many other characters, major, minor, or single appearance, are fictionalizations ...
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In Dune, how do people cope with the lack of computers?

I understand that Mentats have replaced the computers but the Mentats don't seem to be that many in number. From my understanding each house only has one Mentat. Now Mentats make perfect sense for ...
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Leto II and Lady Jessica

In Children of Dune, Leto II and Lady Jessica had a testy conversation, and at the end of the chapter, Leto tells Ghanima it worked. What did Leto mean by that statement? And what happen to make Lady ...
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Could Paul have prevented the Jihad?

In the chapter where Paul and Stilgar's troop visits the Windtrap and the pool of water into which Jamis' water is poured, there is a line that says: And Paul, walking behind Chani, felt that a vital ...
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What was Stilgar's 'Sietch name'?

Did Stilgar have a Sietch name? Was the fact he was a Naib mean he didn't need or use one? I don't recall other character being referred to with their Sietch name other than Muad'dib (Usul).
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Did the Kwisatz Haderach want to die?

At the end of the Children of Dune mini-series Ghanima says: He runs, and runs, and runs, and when he's exhausted himself he returns to me, puts his head on my lap and asks me to find a way to die. ...
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Why did the Bene Gesserit want to breed the Kwisatz Haderach?

It's been a while since I've read the Dune series. Something I was never quite clear on was why did the Bene Gesserit (BG) want to breed the Kwisatz Haderach (KH) at all? I understand that the BG ...
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Was the Kwisatz Haderach necessarily able to see the future?

I'm re-reading the original Dune series (for about the hundredth time) and there's a question that I've always had about the kwisatz haderach. There seems to be a common belief (among questioners and ...
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Why do family atomics exist at all in the Dune universe?

In the Dune universe, we learn that there are "family atomics", nuclear weapons passed down from generation to generation in the noble families as weapons of last resort. They're very rare and even ...
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In Dune, Are the Guild Navigators non-humanoid?

I finished the first book recently, and am watching the movie. It threw me that the navigators look like they do in the movie. I don't remember them being non-humanoid, and if they were I missed it. ...
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Why would these two Dune characters get married?

At the end of Children of Dune Leto married Due to his beginning it is clear that they won't have any joint children. And even if they had those children would never inherit his throne because of ...
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What do the dune sandworms eat?

As we know the planet dune is an empty desert, a huge territory with only sand and without any water or humidity. There were no animals mentioned in the first books and I'm sure no plants could ...
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What does 'Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles' mean?

In Frank Herbert's Dune, the name of a mega-corporation CHOAM stands for Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles. However, while I recognize some of the word roots in the full name, I never really ...
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Did the Atreides family and staff know of Lady Jessica's role in the Bene Gesserit breeding program?

In Dune, the Bene Gesserit breeding scheme is, in theory, to have come to full fruition from the union of an Atreides daughter (planned to be born of the Bene Gesserit Lady Jessica and the Duke Leto ...
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Why doesn't the duke marry Jessica?

I remember in the book of Dune, the duke won't marry Jessica. Why doesn't Duke Leto marry Lady Jessica?
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Where does the water to transform Dune into a non-desert planet come from?

In the first three Dune books, where does the water come from to terraform Dune into a non-desert planet? They have the qanats (water tanks/reservoirs), but where does the water come from? Also, aside ...
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Why were the Atreides guarded so weakly?

From them moment Shaddam IV ordered him to Arrakis, Duke Leto knew that it was a trap. He was even aware that there was a traitor in their ranks. Nevertheless when the Duke was attacked by he didn't ...
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Did Leto I know about the Gom Jabbar test given to Paul?

In the beginning of Dune, Paul is threatened with being killed if he fails the test of the Gom Jabbar. Jessica knew about it, but did Leto? If so, why did he allow it?
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Roughly how large is the population of Sandworms on Dune?

I read online that a Sandworm can grow to 450 meters long, and there are legends of worms up to 1000 meters long. The same article also stated that Sandworms are territorial and so will claim an area ...
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Had Frank Herbert planned out the Dune series when he wrote the first book?

One of the great things about Dune is the way it works well as a standalone story with a satisfactory ending that, while leaving room open for more, gives a sense of completion to the story. When he ...
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Can a human eat the flesh of a sandworm?

If Fremen ride them, couldn't they also eat them? There some passages from Kynes about the ecology of Dune that dive deep into the biomechanics of worms, but maybe I am missing something. Someone ...
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How did Yueh's betrayal influence the outcome of the attack against the Atreides?

Duke Leto was very well aware of how the attack against his house would take place. He even predicted the Sardaukar troups disguised as Harkonnen and that he would die. My question: Could the ...
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Dune: explain the subtext here?

I quote a whole lot here because I don't know what to leave out. The banker says something boastful to Jessica and it moves Paul to confront him. Then the banker counters, but Paul stands firm. The ...
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Why did the movie version(s) of Dune have Paul Atreides making it rain?

I've watched David Lynch's Dune, the 3-hour cut (complete with expository animation sequence) and overall I think it holds up pretty well aside from the strong homophobic bent. However, one of the ...
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Was Frank Herbert's use of Bene Gesserit in his plot ironic? [closed]

In Frank Herbert's Dune series what was the point of the Bene Gesserit in light of their motivations for existence and how their ultimate plans played out in the books? Does Herbert use their goals to ...
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Why was Duncan Idaho repeatedly reborn?

Note: this is about out-of-universe reasons Throughout the Dune novels, the character of Duncan Idaho stands out as having the most appearances, but being reborn again and again as a ghola, for ...
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Peerage and titles in Dune

In the Dune series, is there some method to the choice of ruler's titles on different planets, or is it random? For example, DUKE Atreides, BARON Harkonnen, VISCOUNT Moritani. Surely they all had the ...
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The Atreides Manifesto

In Heretics of Dune, Odrade writes The Atreides Manifesto under Taraza's direction and guidance. What was this manifesto? Why is it so important? Herbert never clearly describes it or its purpose. Or, ...

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