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Dumb question: this article says that a comet passing caused the desertification. Frankly, I don't know where you pulled this stuff, but the Sandworms caused the desertification. --February 18, 2006 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 23:15, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

Sandtrout surely? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 08:27, 9 March 2006 (UTC)
I think the comet theory is most likely out of the encyclopedia of Dune, which is supposed to be non-canon (and fair enough that part of the article does mention this). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 08:28, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Do you think that the name Arrakis has some connection to the name 'Iraq' (which happens to be a mostly desert land)? --Nushoin 21:32, 14 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]

No. TAnthony 05:00, 29 November 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Non-canon info


I recently found and restored the "hidden" footnote which admits that some info here is from the Dune Encyclopedia; obviously, any such non-canon info should be removed or referenced back to the Encyclopedia. I'll do what I can, but any help is appreciated! TAnthony 05:00, 29 November 2006 (UTC)[reply]

OK, I've done it. TAnthony 20:19, 7 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Given that the explanation provided by the fan-fiction encyclopedia is directly contradicted by Herbert's novels, why even include such meaningless fan speculation? seems odd. Particularly given that the encyclopedia was released years and years after Herbert provided the actual canon explanation in 'Children of'. (talk) 10:36, 8 October 2014 (UTC)[reply]



Referenced in Futurama? When, what episode or episodes and by which characters? How about a quote? Not nice to tease like that. Citations anyone? -- Horkana 04:52, 29 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Never heard Arrakis or "Dune" referenced anywhere in Futurama (including the recent movies), though I do think Phil Fry is a retarded version of Duncan Idaho. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:04, 19 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Move this page to Arrakis (book)


The origin of Arrakis is Mu Draconis, that should be the main article, this should be a secondary article. Opinionate! Said: Rursus 18:41, 11 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

No, forget it. Stupid idea. (Yes, I am sober!). Mu Draconis is the main article for Mu Draconis. Arrakis for the book is free. Said: Rursus 18:43, 11 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Source of name


Does anbody know where exactly the name 'Arrakis' comes from? Is it from some kind of mythology, or is it a name from a place that already exists on earth? Or (and this is what I think) is it just something that Frank Herbert made up out of thin air? It should be included somewhere if it actually has a source; though if it was just something made up on the spot, than just disregard this suggestion. (talk) 02:32, 11 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]

It seems Herbert has never given an official explanation. I find the speculation in both the question and answers here interesting: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/56374/is-this-the-correct-etymology-of-arrakis Paco2718 (talk) 21:53, 23 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]



Arrakeen is not the largest city on arrakis. That would be the Harkonnen seat at Carthag. It's mentioned in part one of the "Dune" that the Atreides chose the smaller garrison town of Arrakeen to avoid a large harkonnen presence and disassociate themselves from their predecessors. Also some of the house minor guests at the dinner party scene are mentioned to be based at Carthag. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:45, 13 February 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Start a Portrayals section?


Since there's been more than one Dune film, and imitations/parodies, might it be useful to create a "Portrayals" section to cover each? For example, there are the three Dune films/mini-series, George Lucas is believed to have based the Star Wars planet Tatooine on Arrakis, National Lampoon's Doon is a parody novel, and so on. (talk) 19:15, 20 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]

With characters there is a certain notability with performers, but I don't think there is much to say about a planet in that regard. The adaptations are also more appropriately compared to the source material (the Dune article mentions the parody, etc). The Star Wars tidbit may have a place, but the one source that we currently have about that (also in the Dune article) is technically not a reliable one.— TAnthonyTalk 18:37, 26 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]

I've suggested a task force at the Novels Wikiproject to cover the Dune universe. Please stop by if you think it a good idea or have any thoughts. --S.G.(GH) ping! 14:46, 3 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]



I am not entirely convinced that the transcription provided is correct. The clip of Frank Herbert speaking sounds more like [əˈɹ̠ʷakʰɪs] than anything, and I feel that his [a] there is more a slightly lowered realization of an /æ/. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Omoutuazn (talkcontribs) 03:45, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]