Farad'n Corrino

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Prince Farad'n Corrino
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Jonathan Brüün as Farad'n Corrino in the Children of Dune miniseries (2003)
Gender Male
Parents Princess Wensicia
Dalak
Relatives Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV (grandfather)
Anirul (grandmother)
Princess Irulan (aunt)
Chalice (aunt)
Josifa (aunt)
Rugi (aunt)
Hasimir Fenring (unclear)
Affiliation House Corrino
First appearance Children of Dune
Final appearance Children of Dune
Portrayals
Portrayed by Jonathan Brüün (2003 series)

Farad'n Corrino /fəˈrɑːdən/[1] is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. He appears in Herbert's 1976 novel Children of Dune, and his infancy is chronicled in the 2008 book Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

Farad'n is portrayed by Jonathan Brüün in the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.

Children of Dune[edit]

In Children of Dune, Farad'n is the grandson and heir to the deposed 81st Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV;[2] his mother is Shaddam's third daughter Princess Wensicia,[3] and his deceased father Dalak is noted to be related to Count Hasimir Fenring,[2] a close friend of Shaddam's since childhood.[4] Shaddam and most of his family are exiled to Salusa Secundus after he is deposed by Paul Atreides in Dune (1965).[3]

As the novel begins, Shaddam is dead and Wensicia plots from exile to restore House Corrino to its former glory and wrest control of the Empire for Farad'n. She attempts to assassinate Leto II and Ghanima Atreides, the heirs to deceased Emperor Paul Atreides, by sending mechanically controlled Laza tigers to hunt them in the desert. Leto's growing prescience allows him to thwart the attack on himself and his twin sister; he pretends to be dead to escape the increasingly murderous ambitions of his father's sister Alia. Farad'n — newly trained in the Bene Gesserit ways by Paul and Alia's mother Lady Jessica — accepts an arrangement brokered by Jessica for him to marry Ghanima and share the throne; his part of the deal is to "denounce and banish" Wensicia for Leto's murder attempt, which he does.[2]

Having used self-hypnosis to actually believe Leto had been killed and thus avoid discovery by Bene Gesserit Truthsayers, Ghanima vows to kill Farad'n in revenge for his mother (Princess Wensicia) masterminding Leto's murder. Leto reappears, now beginning the transformation into a human-sandworm hybrid, and ascends the throne himself. Leto commands Farad'n to be Ghanima's mate, fathering the future Atreides line as Leto himself is now physically unable to sire children. Farad'n is also appointed as the Royal Scribe and renamed "Harq al'Ada" (the "breaker of habit"), and relinquishes his control of the Sardaukar to Leto, effectively surrendering House Corrino's claim to the Imperial throne.[2]

Many of the chapter epigraphs in the novel are from the later writings of Farad'n (as Harq al'Ada) in his role as Royal Scribe, chronicler of the reign of Leto II.[2]

The Dune Encyclopedia[edit]

The non-canon Dune Encyclopedia (1984) by Willis E. McNelly invents an extensive, alternate biography for Farad'n,[5] and the invented biography for Ghanima states that she and Farad'n had ten children, named Trebor, Lliwis, Regor, Tismenus, Boris, Eleanor, Helene, Elaine, Jeunne and Noree.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Audio excerpts from a reading of Dune by Frank Herbert". Usul.net. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Herbert, Frank (1976). Children of Dune. 
  3. ^ a b Herbert, Frank (1965). "Appendix IV: The Almanak en-Ashraf (Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses): SHADDAM IV". Dune. 
  4. ^ Herbert, Frank (1965). "Appendix IV: The Almanak en-Ashraf (Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses): COUNT HASIMIR FENRING". Dune. 
  5. ^ McNelly, Willis E. (June 1, 1984). "CORRINO, FARAD'N". The Dune Encyclopedia. pp. 172–175. ISBN 0-425-06813-7. 
  6. ^ McNelly, Willis E. (1984). "ATREIDES, GHANIMA". Dune Encyclopedia. pp. 51–55.