Eric Northman is a character from the The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse Series by author Charlaine Harris. Little is known about Eric, except that he is the likely oldest and most powerful vampire in Area 5, the territory that includes the small town in Northern Louisiana where Sookie lives, where he serves as Sheriff. The novels hint that he was probably a Viking from present-day Sweden in his human life, and Harris has stated that he had children while human, and was very proud of them.[1] Eric owns a vampire bar in Shreveport called Fangtasia, that serves as his headquarters. He runs the bar with the help of his vampire offspring Pam and a few others.

Eric is portrayed in the books as being somewhat arrogant, but having a true joie de vivre.

The Southern Vampire Mysteries' main character, telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, meets Eric in Dead Until Dark, the first novel in the series. He appears in all the subsequent novels and has either saved or attempted to save Sookie's life in every book. In the later books, she has also saved his life several times. After appearing to develop an affection for Sookie in the third book in the series, Club Dead, Eric has a brief romance with her in Dead to the World, the fourth book, though he lost his memories of that time until From Dead to Worse, the eighth book. In the eighth book, after sitting in Sookie's room, he reveals that he remembers the days he spent with her when the curse was put on him. He asks her to discuss it, and she refuses. Sookie saves his life from the former queen's body guard. Still, because of the hostile takeover of Louisiana, Eric has become more involved with his work, which is another obstacle to his and Sookie's romance.

Sookie and Eric have a blood bond, a bond formed when a human and vampire exchange blood (the human has the vampire's blood as well as the vampire having the human's). It allows both to know what the other is feeling. It is still unclear whether the blood bond will prove an obstacle to Eric and Sookie resolving their feelings for each other.

Eric uses the pseudonym "Leif" in various instances throughout the novels. This could be a reference to "Leif Erickson" (a Norse explorer) who was the first European to set foot in North America. However, both Leif and Eric (Erik) were common names in viking age Scandinavia, as well as in present-day Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark).

In True Blood, an HBO series based on the books, this character is played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård. However, the character is portrayed somewhat differently on True Blood than in the books. For example, in the books, Eric shows more of a romantic interest in Sookie.

Physical description Edit

When Sookie saw him for the first time she thought that he is a Hunk. She described him as “[…] handsome, in fact, radiant; blond and blue-eyed, tall and broad shouldered. He was wearing boots, jeans, and a vest. Period. Kind of like the guys on the cover of romance books.”[2] He’s approximately six-foot-five. When Sookie saw him raw she thought that “If there were an international butt competition, Eric would win, hands down – or cheeks up.”[3]

Interesting details Edit

  • His saliva heals wounds especially well, even for a vampire.
  • He can fly.
  • He was Mr. January in a calendar which was sold in Fangtasia’s gift shop.
  • He owns a red Corvette.
  • He staked Long Shadow (in the book).
  • He can perform marriage services thanks to a online course from "Church of the Loving Spirit". He performed the wedding ceremony of The King of Mississippi and the King of In

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