Pronounced Pron. GƏR-nee(American English, Literature) [key]
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Meaning & History
Transferred from the surname Gurney, born by Ivor Bertie Gurney, a British poet and composer who is noted especially for his songs and poems of World War I.From Frank Herbert's novel-cycle "Dune". Gurney Halleck is a weaponmaster and minstrel, a loyal member of the Atreides' household. He is as skilled with weapons and tactics as he is with his instrument (the baliset), and he is also known for singing and composing bawdies along with more noble songs. His appearance is described as "an ugly lump of a man", though the way he is portrayed in the novels show that he has indeed some charisma. Gurney Halleck was portrayed by Patrick Stewart in David Lynch's "Dune" (1984), and by P.H. Moriarty in the 2000/2003 Mini-series (Dune; Children of Dune).