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Eric Northman

Updated on November 13, 2012

Eric Northman the Viking Vampire from True Blood

Eric Northman is the superb fictional character in The Southern Vampire Books (also called Sookie Stackhouse novels), a series of 13 books written by New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Eric is a vampire and is introduced in the first novel, Dead Until Dark and appears in all subsequent novels. He is a tall, blond, Viking warrior that owns a swanky bar called Fangtasia. He develops an interest in the heroine of the novels, a barmaid named Sookie Stackhouse.

HBO's television series True Blood is based on this book series and the character of Eric Northman is portrayed by the hot Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard. Viewers are delighted by Skarsgard's portrayal and he has quickly stolen the show. Read on and find out why the world has been taken by storm by the Viking vampire Eric Northman!!

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Eric at Fangtasia Bar
Eric at Fangtasia Bar

Eric Northman - The Book Character Versus the TV Character

Are they the same character?

So how does Eric Northman from the books measure up to the Eric portrayed in the True Blood TV series? Are there major differences? I would say that yes there are many differences. The character of Eric from the books is arrogant, aloof, dark, and mysterious. Yet he shows humanity and depth when he interacts with Sookie. When he is with Sookie he listens intently to her, he uses endearments, he looks after her welfare and he defends and protects her. Thousands of fans have fallen in love with the Viking Vampire from the books. At no time does one perceive Eric to be villainous even if he is a vampire that one wouldn't want to get on the bad side of.

The television show has treated Eric somewhat differently. He was written in many ways to be a "bad guy" to counter Bill's "good guy hero". Eric fans have been very upset by this because any book reader can tell you that 1) Eric is no bad guy and 2) Bill is NOT a hero by any stretch of the imagination. For instance in the first season Bill stakes a vampire named Long Shadow that attacked Sookie. In the books it was actually Eric that saved her, not Bill. In the TV series Bill also walked in the sun for Sookie and proposed marriage... neither event happened in the books and in fact is not reminiscent of Bill's true character at all. In the TV series Eric kidnaps and tortures one of Sookie's good friends and she declares that she hates him several times... again that was so NOT in the books.

Eric fans everywhere want to see True Blood stay closer to the actual character and not downplay him or make him a villain for ratings purposes. Eric has a lot of depth and he is a truly rich and dynamic character and we hope to see that in the future. In season three we did begin to see this. No doubt due to fan outcry. Eric chained himself to an enemy vampire and let himself bake in the sun, ready to die, to keep Sookie protected. Sookie and Eric also shared a passionate first kiss in season three as well. In season four they began a full fledged love affair while Eric had amnesia and Sookie was charged with keeping him safe. This was very much like the 4th book in the series, although it ended somewhat differently. Fans can only hope that Eric and Sookie will eventually find their way back to each other the way Charlaine Harris wrote it.

The Sexiest Vampire Ever...

The Sexiest Vampire Ever...
The Sexiest Vampire Ever...

Eric and Sookie - Eternal Love or Something Else?

Eric is a Millenia old Viking vampire and Sookie is a telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps Louisiana. Eric is the Sheriff of area nine according to vampire politics and Sookie is the human girlfriend of his one his vampire suboordinates. From the moment he meets her though, Eric wants something more and Sookie wonders if there IS anything more to Eric other than his cold outer shell.

Eric tricks Sookie into a blood bond, opening up the door for a romance to blossom. Midway through the book series Sookie finds Eric running half naked through the woods near her house and he has amnesia. Unlike the old Eric who is arrogant and aloof the new Eric is soft and sweet and Sookie cannot resist him. They begin a short but hot romance that lasts until Eric gets his memory back. For awhile he does not remember the tryst with Sookie but the blood they shared between them during that time has bonded them even further and Eric cannot help but notice he has a very soft spot for Sookie and always has. Sookie is still weak in the knees for Eric too, especially when he greets her by saying "Hello my lover."

In book nine of the series Eric and Sookie can no longer deny that they have a strong attachment and their romance begins anew. Eric even asks Sookie to leave Bon Temps and move in with him, which he has never done in his centuries as a vampire. But an old flame may be ready to ignite between Sookie and Bill again. Which vampire can claim Sookie's heart?

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Eric Northman Season 3 of True Blood
Eric Northman Season 3 of True Blood

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Eric's Pendant

An old and powerful Nordic Vampire, Eric has a unique style. Now you can capture his style and get your own Eagle Claw Necklace. It is an edgy pendant necklace by Pamela Love is the perfect accessory for True Blood fans.

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Eric - Oh So Yummy!
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Eric - Season Three of True Blood

Eric - Season Three of True Blood
Eric - Season Three of True Blood

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I love Eric. The TrueBlood series, not so much. But Eric makes me watch it. Thanks for sharing and the great images of Eric.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Love your lens! Added you to my featured lenses list on my lens called I love Sookie Stackhouse Polls. Thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the Viking Sex God that is Eric Northman! But I think that the Eric on the screen if mixed between season 1-2 meets 3-4 we'd have the perfect Eric. Powerful, cocky, vicious, cool and collected, tender, protector, amazing and attentive lover all rolled into one!

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      squidrocks 6 years ago

      I'm much more inspired to read the books now.

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      SuperZoe LM 6 years ago

      I love Eric! Awesome lens.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      Your right the show does show Eric as being more evil than the books. I don't think that the show really does his character as well as the books. But they sure did pick the right person to play the part. He looks like I imagined him in the book.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just want Eric to be happy, with or without Sookie. TB Eric is different from the SVM Eric in his core, but I still like him. Alex S - brilliant actor. Thank you for making a fictional character so real and dear to all of us!

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      sue826 lm 6 years ago

      I like the idea that she now figures she should have both - if I had to choose - I'm all for Eric

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      RavenReviews 6 years ago

      I would pick Eric over Bill any day if your going to be with a vampire be with a real one.

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      When Eric cut his hair I thought WOW, then I read the books all 11 of them!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I never really cared for Eric until Sookie started dreaming about him. Oy, that was a good scene. But I still want Sookie to be with Bill.

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      noushki 7 years ago

      Eric was always way better than Bill I dont know what sookies problem was!!

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      MarkFashionista 7 years ago

      I just LOVEEE Eric and Sookie!! They are the best couple ever.

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      cjsysreform 8 years ago

      I haven't read the books but on the tv series, Eric and Sookie have crazy chemistry. Sooo much more than Sookie has with Bill. Team Eric, no question. Mmm.