One of the Great Houses. Of Russian descent.

Ruled at the time of Dune by Baron Vladamir Harkonnen. Their homeworld was Giedi Prime, although for a brief period ruled Arrakis under the Emperor. They held five votes at the Landsraad council.

The Harkonnen were known to be cruel and ruthless.

The Harkonnens claim common ancestry with House Corrino in the Palaiologoi, the last ruling house of the Byzantine Empire, via Constantine XI's younger brother, Thomas Palaiologos. Through Harkonnen Obeshev's wife, Lisia Pozzo de Borgo, this family claims descent from Kiril' Romanov, cousin to Nikolai II, Russia's last tsar, and heir to his empty throne.

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