Earth, also called Old Earth or Old Terra, is the third planet located in the Sol star system. The human race originated here. It was where the Commission of Ecumenical Translators converged to assemble the Orange Catholic Bible after the Butlerian Jihad.
The planet Earth is referred to as "no longer [existing]" by the God Emperor Leto II in his Stolen Journals, and as being "gone" (along with many of mankind's other former ancestral worlds) by the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Darwi Odrade when conversing with the young Miles Teg ghola, which suggests that the planet is no longer inhabited by the time period of Chapterhouse: Dune (several thousand years since the era of Paul Atreides).
Behind the Scenes
- Ghanima and Leto Atreides, in a private moment between them, speak French, implied to be nearly an extinct language.
- The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood possessed what was thought to have been an original Vincent Van Gogh oil painting ("Cottages at Cordeville").
- Paul Atreides suggests Stilgar look into historical references of Genghis Khan and Adolf Hitler for a comparison to Paul.
- References to animals and plants taken from Earth and reseeded on other worlds, sometimes genetically modified (such as laza tigers).