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Correspondences posted 26 January 2006 in Author Q & ACorrespondences by Grallon, Candidate

This may not be the best sub-forum for such a thread; if that's the case feel free to move it.

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In every piece of fiction I read I amuse myself trying to determine the origins of certain idea/concept/character; for instance the obvious references to the judeo-christian cosmology in Tolkien's work (Lucifer as Melkor, etc).

I did the same with Scott's PoN (in fact I mentioned some of those perceived references elsewhere on the site). I wonder if other people saw similar correspondences.



Cenei: Rome
Kiraneas: Classical Greece
Kian: Islam
Nansurium: Byzantium
Shigek: Mesopotamia
Amoteu: Palestine
The Scylvendi: the Huns
The Non-Men: elves
Nenciphon: Ctesiphon (capital of Parthia)

- The Thousand Temples: the Catholic Church/ the Orthodox Church

- The Shria: the Pope or Patriarch (incidently I don't know if it was even intended but I laughed when I saw the concordance between the word Shria and the adjective 'shrill' - which is quite apt for a religious authority figure <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->)

- Ajencis: Aristotle

- Fane: Mohamed

- Inri Sejenus: Jesus Christ

- The Dunyain: Dune's Bene Gesserit/Mentats (but also a reference to Tolkien's Dunedain - kings of men)

- The Inchoroi: Dune's Tleilaxu

- Khellus: Dune's Paul Muad'hib

- The Way of the Limbs &amp; Faces: Dune's Prajna-Bindu techniques

- The Hall of Thousand Mirrors: Dune's mentat state (or trap) of infinite mirrors (mentioned in Heretics of Dune)

- The Inchoroi's compulsion techniques: Dune's Bene Gesserit sexual conditioning &amp; the Honored Matriarchs' sexual compulsions

- The skin-spies: the face-dansers (only discernable by Reverend Mothers / here by the Dunyain)

- The Inchoroi Syntheses: Dune's ghola bodies used by the Tleilaxu Masters


I'm sure there are plenty more.



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