Just read chig's "they denied us the hajj" thread, and noticed an interesting phrase in there:
There had been Fremen on Poritrin, she saw, a people grown soft with an easy planet, fair game for Imperial raiders to harvest and plant human colonies on Bela Tegeuse and Salusa Secundus.
And it got me to thinking, what are the origins of the Sardaukar? I remember reading that Leto said the people thought the sardaukar were levies from the houses trained really young. But he says
"the Sardaukar AND their supporting levies, the sardaukar remain the sardaukar"
And it got me to thinking after that quote, what were the ultimate origins of the sardaukar - same roots as arrakeen fremen? transplanted from Poritrin? (Heh, did the normacle secretly engineer this, knowing what would happen in Dune?). Do they have entire families on Salusa Secundus, or just training stations? It would seem to me half of the fremen ferocity came from the fact the lived, slept and died, man woman and child on Arrakis.
linguists - what are the roots of the word sardaukar? has frank borrowed from history again? or his own creation?
As a last note - I thought the depiction of sardaukar in DL's dune was amongst the better. Certainly better than the floppy-hatted miniseries goons which even Sloey could take in a fight.