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Ulfrik Northman

Eric's father
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
1 episode (see below)
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Vampire age
Date of birth
Before 870
Date turned
Date of death
Before 900
Family Information

Astrid Northman - Wife (deceased)
Eric Northman - Son

Unnamed Daughter (deceased)
Supernatural Information
  • All human powers
  • Exceptional swordsmanship
Has shifted into
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Ulfrik Northman was an ancient Viking chieftain, or local ruler, on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by Swedish actor Hans Tester, Ulfrik was a Viking who lived in the Scandinavian province of Sweden during the 9th century. The father of Eric Northman, who would become a vampire in later life, Ulfrik appears only in a flashback on the episode "Trouble" in the series' third season.


Ulfrik was a dutiful and dedicated ruler who heeded tradition. He pushed his son to behave similarly, though the young Eric seemed to have little interest in anything other than women and revelry.



Season 3Edit



Ulfrik makes his son vow vengeance

Ulfrik is seen in a flashback of his son Eric's. He was a ruler, a king, and had a crown. He was married to Astrid, with whom he had at least two children. He planned for his son Eric to succeed him as a monarch, and lectured Eric on his lack of productivity and being prone to spend his days "inside a woman's legs". The same night he lectured Eric, however, a coordinated group of werewolves attacked his home, instantly killing his wife and daughter and severely wounding him. Ulfrik managed to kill at least one werewolf, however, before perishing. Just before he died, he made Eric King and had him vow vengeance upon him and his family.

As it turned out, the werewolves attacking Ulfrik had been under the command of vampire Russell Edgington. As soon as Eric was able to confirm Edgington had been responsible for his father's death (as Eric recognized his father's crown in Edgington's collection), Eric murdered Edgington's husband of 700 years, Talbot Angelis, finally taking the vengeance he had sworn to take. ("Trouble")


Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"

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