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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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Dune sand tent underground - why wouldn't digging and just being in a tent attract a worm?

Seems like being inside a sand tent down inside a dune would act like a vibration amplifying chamber -- even the vibration of simply breathing, snoring. etc - much less any movements would be ...
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Dune universe - For the preborn, why would any new individual personality form?

Noticed this sentence in Children of Dune, and it got me thinking about Alia: ".... experienced the womb as prison to an awakened consciousness—a living awareness from the second month of ...
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During the duel with Jamis, why did the Reverend Mother suggest Paul to get killed?

During the duel we hear the voice of the RM telling / showing Paul to be killed by Jamis. It is not clear to me: Why did she suggest that to him, and why of course did he refuse follow her suggestion? ...
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How true to the original vision of Frank Herbert were the sequels published by his son?

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson based their sequels to original Dune series on research material composed by Frank Hebert before his death. Are there any sources that describe how much material ...
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Does a good map of Dune exist?

Did Frank Herbert include a map somewhere in the books? I only found low resolution and hard to read maps on google. The Arrakeen city and surroundings would be most interesting.
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How do I get a copy of the extended version of the Dune movie?

So I have heard that there is a longer version of Dune - specifically, the 1984 David Lynch Dune - included some scenes that were edited out (roughly 2 scenes for each character were cut). How can I ...
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Why are the Bene Gesserit tonsured/bald in the movie?

The opening paragraphs of Dune explicitly state that the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother has a full head of hair: The old woman was let in by the side door down the vaulted passage by Paul’s room and ...
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Similarities between Dune and Wheel of Time?

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 Gesserit. Are there any other such ...
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What was the affiliation of the "Reverend Mother" who assisted with Jessica's spice agony?

I have never fully understood this. There is a reverend mother with the Fremen, and she seems to be able to talk with Jessica as though she is Bene Gesserit. However, it is also implied that she is ...
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Dune Film Deleted Ending Scene

In the 1984 David Lynch film adaption of Dune, I remember seeing a video clip of Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam saying to Paul, "You cannot loose these people upon the universe!" She said this at ...
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Who would have been the optimal partner of Alia according to the Bene Gesserit?

In Dune Messiah, Chapter 11, the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam is negotiating with Paul. Near the end of the Chapter she looks at Alia and thinks: And again she looked at the sister. The optimum ...
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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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When and why did the Tleilaxu begin to worship the God Emperor?

The Matres also killed the elder Tleilaxu Master, Tylwyth Waff, as he was on Rakis when they attacked the planet with ultra-destructive Obliterator weapons. This caused widespread revulsion amongst ...
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Are there any links between the Aiel and Freman? [duplicate]

The Freman and Aiel are depicted as the greatest warriors in their respective universes. There are many similarities between the 2, both practice poly relationships, both set a great stock in water ...
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How would the Bene Gesserit get their hands on worm bile?

According to fandom.com Dune wiki, the way a Bene Gesserit trainee becomes a Reverend Mother is by transmuting the Water of Life, being the bile of a young sandworm Now, for the Fremen's own use, for ...
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How did the Harkonnens gain stewardship of Arrakis?

If overseeing Arrakis and the extraction of spice is so prestigious, how did House Harkonnen gain the privilege of doing so? I'm asking about before their conspiracy with the Emperor.
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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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Use compact protective field generator to attract sandworms instead of bulky tam-tam device

Why should one carry bulky device to attract a sandworm? It is much easier to carry several (very compact and very basic, simple) shield generators. Set one and wait for the sandworm. Edit: https://en....
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Why do the Bene Gesserit need Noblemen's genes for their breeding program? Are there no better genes in the general populace?

Why is it important to the Bene Gesserit to use the blood of Noblemen in their Kwisatz Haderach breeding program? Are there no other (possibly better) candidates that they could obtain genetic ...
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What is the endgame of the Bene Gesserit?

As in: what did they want to achieve with their breeding programs and "learning how to learn"? Assuming that the Kwisatz Haderach was as they intended, what was next?
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Why can't the Kwisatz Haderachs align the Bene Gesserit to the Golden Path?

There are somewhat similar questions but I'm asking specifically. If the Bene Gesserit bred the guy and they know that he sees the future, why are they utterly opposed to the Golden Path? I realize ...
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Where did people think the Spice came from before they knew about the Sandworm life cycle?

From memory, the Fremen knew that the sandworms were the source of the spice melange but until the arrival of planetogist Pardot Kynes nobody else knew and this knowledge did not become widespread ...
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Why did Jessica Atreides have a son?

I'm listening to the Dune audiobook years after reading the book. The only reason I noticed mentioned for why Jessica has a son is because Leto wanted one. I find this very unconvincing. I mean she ...
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Could the raid on House Atreides by House Harkonnen be legal?

Why did no other Houses protest against the Harkonnens? I am sure there must be fugitives from Arrakis to recount what happened in Arrakis. I am still reading the first book and am reading the ...
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Did the Bene Gesserit try to follow the Golden path after the death of the god-emperor?

Only the Bene Gesserit perceive the Golden Path and are therefore faced with a choice: keep to their traditional role of hidden manipulators who quietly ease tensions and guide human progress while ...
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How did the sandworms and 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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Why didn't the Empire transplant sandworms to other planets?

Later in the Dune series, the Bene Gesserit have transplanted some sandworms and there are sandworms living on other planets besides Arrakis. Considering the importance of melange and that it was ...
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In Dune, how is the spice mélange used for space travel?

I've read parts of the book and seen both David Lynch's and Denis Villeneuve's films, but I've not seen a concrete description of how exactly mélange enables space travel. The David Lynch film ...
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Where was the Shield Wall brought down?

At the end of the first Dune book, the Paul Atreides and the Fremen attack Arrakeen. They bring down part of the Shield Wall using Atomics in order to be able to ride worms to the city. I tried to ...
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Why don't the sandworms attack outworlder cities in Arrakis?

I recently watched Denis Villeneuve's version of Dune. It is mentioned that the sandworms are always attracted to artificial vibrations. I remember the books also mentioning multiple times that ...
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Why didn't they notice the invasion in Dune?

I just saw the Dune: Part 1 movie, and haven't read the books at all. In the movie, there's an invasion on the Arrakis planet, that seemed to come from nowhere. In the movie they mentioned some ...
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Did the Sardaukar used to be prisoners?

It's rather a long time since I've read the Dune books and when listening to the Sardaukar Chant, I remembered something of the Sardaukar being from a prison planet and started to check their origin. ...
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Who took over the planet Caladan after House Atreides left for Dune?

Does Frank Herbert ever state who took over governorship of the planet Caladan after House Atreides departed for Arrakis? It seems to be implied that they gave Caladan up rather than governing both it ...
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What degenerative disease did the Baron have?

(Spoilers for various Dune books) In the Dune Encyclopedia entry for it is said that she infects with a degenerative disease which can be covered up by What was the disease?
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Why did House Atreides have to give up Caladan, while the Harkonnens were allowed to stay on Geidi Prime while also controlling Arrakis?

In the first Dune book, we see House Atreides pack up and move permanently to Arrakis, even though they clearly have deep ties to Caladan. We also learn that the Harkonnens were allowed to maintain ...
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Why didn't the Atreides family extensively watch this character in such a period of tension?

I just saw the movie Dune (2021), and I also read the first book a few years ago. I was surprised that one of the closest persons of the Atreides' family, Dr. Yueh, didn't get any surveillance, such ...
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Why don't stillsuits protect/retain fluid from the wearer's eyes?

I saw the new Dune (2021) movie last night (astonishingly good BTW), and I noticed that the stillsuits don't typically cover the eyes or upper faces of the person wearing the suit. When the suit was ...
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Where is House Ordos in the 2021 movie Dune?

Back in the 90s, I used the play the Dune 2 RTS computer game, and I recall there being three houses: Atreides (blue), Harkonnen (red) and Ordos (green) (along with an unplayable Emperor). But in the ...
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What is the most complete version of David Lynch's Dune film?

The 1984 "Dune" film by David Lynch is said to have multiple cuts, many of which add back deleted scenes that weren't in the theatrical release. Altogether, I think the "complete" film would be ...
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Do any Thinking Machine remnants ever get "dug up", post-Butlerian Jihad, in the Dune universe?

The prohibition on the creation of Thinking Machines in the background of the Dune universe is well understood. However from those titles that I have read, the prime reason for this seems to be writen ...
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Liet-Kynes's imperial name

In Dune (the book), Liet-Kynes is a kind of spiritual leader of the Fremen. The Fremen call him Liet, and the imperials (including Harkonnen and Atreides) call him Dr Kynes. Only the Fremen know that ...
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What's 'chemavit'?

In Dune, we learn from the Duke that one of the main food sources is something called 'chemavit'. As far as I can tell it's not mentioned elsewhere in the novel(s). Again, the Duke faced his son. “...
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List of Weirding Words for the Weirding Module in Dune?

Is there a comprehensive list of Weirding words to be used with the Weirding Module in the Dune universe? There are several obviously pronounced in the original movie. In the movie, Mua-Dib is a '...
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Where was the missing spice harvester carryall?

In a scene in David Lynch's Dune, Duke Leto and Paul take an aircraft to observe a spice harvester in action. When a sandworm is en-route to attack the harvester, Duke Leto takes his aircraft down to ...
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Why would the Emperor send his personal troops to help the Harkonnen?

I have just seen the new Dune movie (2021) and I really liked it, but I do not understand the Emperor's actions completely. Note that I have not read any of the books, and I still wish to more-or-less ...
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What did Herbert think of David Lynch's Dune?

In a discussion thread on reddit, one post claimed that Frank Herbert liked David Lynch's adaptation of his novel (until then I was under the impression Herbert never lived to see it, but I digress)- ...
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In Villeneuve’s Dune, Pt. 1, is Dr. Liet-Kynes her mother?

Is Dr. Liet-Kynes… Kynes is introduced and essentially killed before With Kynes’ story over, it seems there’s no point in the film adaptation to make the connection; although admittedly this might ...
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Why were the Harkonnen risking using a lasgun to shoot down Idaho's ornithopter?

Were the Harkonnen using lasguns in the new Dune movie to try and shoot down Duncan? It looked like they were shooting lasguns at Duncan as he escaped at one point in the movie. Wouldn't this create ...
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Why is the Baron bathing in a dark liquid?

Why is Baron Harkonnen bathing in a dark liquid? My guess is that the liquid can heal him after the attempt on his life.

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