Saturday, June 9, 2012


'True Blood' returns tomorrow night at 9 pm on HBO. That's why we featured Bill Compton and Sam Merlotte during the week in the "As Seen On TV" showcase. And that's why we're concluding with today's special guest star....


Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard

'True Blood'

From Wikipedia:
Eric Northman is a fictional character in "The Southern Vampire Mysteries", a series of twelve books written by New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. He is a vampire, slightly over one thousand years old, and is first introduced in the first novel, "Dead Until Dark" and appears in all subsequent novels. Since the book series is told from the first person perspective of Sookie Stackhouse, what readers perceive of his character is influenced by what Sookie comprehends. HBO's television series 'True Blood' is based on this book series and the character of Eric Northman is portrayed somewhat differently.

In the early books, little was revealed about his past. In the ninth book, "Dead and Gone", Eric revealed details about his human life as a Viking. He was deemed a man at the age of twelve. At sixteen he married Aude, his brother's widow. The couple had six children, but only three were living at the time of his turning, two boys and a girl. Aude and their sixth child died of a fever shortly after the birth when Eric was in his early twenties. It is revealed in the television series that the vampire king of Mississippi murdered his entire family before stealing his father's Viking crown. 

In the books, he was ambushed one night by a Roman vampire named Appius Livius Ocella and subsequently turned. In the television series, he was made a vampire by Godric. In the television show, it is also shown that Eric was a Viking prince, which is neither denied nor explicitly stated in the novel series.


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