House Harkonnen

House Harkonnen
House Major
Symbol Ram
Ruling Title Baron
Colours Blue
Homeworld Giedi Prime
Part of the series on
Frank Herbert's
Dune novels

Books

Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse Dune


Major groups
and organizations


House Corrino
House Atreides
House Harkonnen
Fremen
Bene Gesserit
Bene Tleilax
Ix
Spacing Guild


Important places

Arrakis
Kaitain
Caladan
Giedi Prime
Salusa Secundus


Major characters

Paul Atreides
Jessica Atreides
Shaddam IV Corrino
Irulan Corrino
Chani
Vladimir Harkonnen
Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
Alia Atreides
Leto II Atreides
Ghanima Atreides
Farad'n Corrino

This article is about the House. For the book of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen

House Harkonnen is a House Major in the Landsraad, and ruled a barony based on the planet Giedi Prime. House Harkonnen is often seen as the protagonist in the Dune books and computer games.

House Harkonnen in the Dune Encyclopaedia

According to the Dune Encyclopaedia, the Harkonnens claim descent from Count Palaigo Corrino, grandfather of Sheuset I, founder and first ruler of the empire; according to their traditions, Sheuset's father, Count Costin, was a demibrother of Harkonnen Obeshev, the first Harkonnen mentioned in historical records; according to the source, this claim has not been proved, however, and instead it is also mentioned that Obeshev could have actually been the son of a trashman who seduced one of Costin's daughters or sisters. The Harkonnens further claim common ancestry with the Corrinos in the Palaiologoi, the last ruling house of the Byzantine Empire, via Constantine XI's younger brother, Thomas Palaiologos. Finally, through Harkonnen Obeshev's wife, Lisia Pozzo di Borgo, this family claims descent from Kiril' Romanov, cousin to Nikolai Q, Russia's last tsar, and heir to his empty throne.

The source of the Atreides-Harkonnen feud is, however, similar to the Legends of Dune series, whereby Abulurd Harkonnen disgraces himself and the human forces are saved by an Atreides, in this case Demetrios Atreides.

House Harkonnen in the Prequels

House Harkonnen in the Dune Film

House Harkonnen in the Dune Miniseries

House Harkonnen in the Dune Games

Part of the series on the
Dune games
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Strategy games

Dune II
Dune 2000
Emperor: Battle for Dune


Adventure games

Dune I
Frank Herbert's Dune


Cancelled video games

Emperor Alliances
Dune Generations
Frank Herbert's Dune: Ornithopter Assault


Board game

Dune (board game)


Factions

House Atreides
House Ordos
House Harkonnen
House Corrino
Minor factions

Being one of the most important of the Great Houses in the Duniverse, House Harkonnen are featured in every Dune game, either as a playable side, or as an enemy.

Dune I

Frank Herbert's Dune

House Harkonnen features prominently in the role playing game, Frank Herbert's Dune, as the game takes place within the storyline of the first Dune book. The majority of enemies faced during the game are Harkonnen foot soldiers, although later in the game you face Glossu Rabban.

Dune II

Insignia of House Harkonnen used in Dune II.

Dune 2000

Insignia of House Harkonnen used in Dune 2000.

Emperor: Battle For Dune

Insignia of House Harkonnen used in Emperor: Battle for Dune.

In Emperor: Battle for Dune, House Harkonnen are led by Baron Rakan Harkonnen, as well as his cousins Copec and Gunseng. These characters are similar in appearance and personality to Vladimir, Feyd-Rautha, and Rabban.