Eric Northman (born c. 900 AD, died c. 930 AD) is the vampire sheriff of Area 5 in Louisiana which encompasses Bon Temps. He is over 1,000 years old as he was born somewhere in Scandinavia during the Viking age. As a child he played by the North Sea, which would mean that he grew up in Denmark or Norway (the two Scandinavian countries which border the North Sea). According to Pam, he has a farm in Öland (Sweden). Eric speaks Swedish and refers to old Swedish music. He owns the vampire bar Fangtasia in Shreveport, Louisiana. Eric is 6'4" tall, and has blond hair and blue eyes.
02. Being Turned
Eric was a Viking, and used to play near the North Sea as a child. His father was a Viking chieftain (possibly a Jarl) and, although his father and mother wished Eric would choose a wife, he was more interested in enjoying the pleasures of unmarried life. In the winter of 900 A.D. while Eric was having sex with a servant, werewolves attacked their home killing his mother and baby sister. A werewolf managed to overpower his father, taking his crown.
It was given to a cloaked figure who walked off into the snowy night leaving Eric to tend to his dying father. Before Eric's father died, he declared Eric a king and made him promise to avenge his family. ("Trouble")
Eric was wounded somewhere in Scandinavia and, against his wishes, his Viking companions decided to stay with him. They told Eric tales of glory and of women waiting for him in Valhalla. During the night, an unseen force murdered his comrades. A mysterious young, tattooed boy appeared and introduced himself as "Death" to the dying Eric. Having seen Eric's strength on the battlefield, this boy, the 1,000 year old vampire Godric, offered him immortality through life as a vampire.
When Eric asked what he got out of it, Godric said "Life". With a lust for life for which he was renowned, Eric agreed and Godric turned him into a vampire.("Never Let Me Go")
03. Powers & Abilities
Eric has the common powers and weaknesses of a vampire such as superhuman strength, speed, and senses, along with immortality and rapid healing. Due to his age, he is the strongest vampire in his area including Bill, and even the late Queen of Louisiana Sophie Anne who was 500+ years old. He demonstrates his superior strength over her when he throws her to the floor and threatens to rip-off her head and all she can do is submit. It is assumed Eric can not count, at least not very fast, as Sophie Anne shows exasperation at his ability in a dice game she plays with him. But in his defense he likely was just bored and only played because he was obligated for his Queen. Eric was far weaker than his maker Godric who was 2,000+ years at the time of his death. Also Russell Edgington a vampire about 1,700 years older than him. His weaknesses include a stake to the heart, silver and fire; sunlight will rapidly kill a vampire of his age. He once kicked a man across Fangtasia without much effort and tore Royce Williams apart with his bare hands. It is revealed in Season 2 that Eric has the ability to fly. As of the end of season 4 and beginning of season 5 Eric is the third oldest "living" vampire introduced on True Blood behind Russell Edgington and Salome Agrippa.