"The end is where we start from."


-T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
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Sunday, August 24, 2014



"It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Il├║vatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen."

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Source of the Butlerian Jihad in the Dune Universe


For Dune fans, here is an interesting article that finally makes clear the source of the name and inspiration for the Butlerian Jihad in Frank Herbert's science fiction universe. I printed it today (5/29/2014) from the microfilm archives of The Herald held at the Everett (WA) Public Library. Frank Butler was our family attorney before his retirement.

Article citation and annotation: 

Wootton, Sharon. "Stanwood Butler Did It." The Herald [Everett, WA] 03 Dec. 2000, Books sec.: 2D. Print. Frank Butler, attorney from Stanwood, Washington, is identified as the source for the Butlerian Jihad in Frank Herbert's Dune universe.