Study Guide

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Characters

By Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth Salander, known for her "crooked smile," is one of the most intriguing characters to hit...

Mikael Blomkvist

Blomkvist is the reluctant detective of the piece. He's about 42 years old and, unlike young...

Henrik Vanger

Henrik turns 82 years old on the first page of the book. He's a widower and was married to a...

Harriet Vanger

Harriet is the mostly unseen star of the chief mystery of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. For...

Martin Vanger

Martin is CEO of the Vanger Corporation, and one of the novel's chief villains. For most of the...

Hans-Erik Wennerström

Wennerström might be a little boring to read about because he never actually appears. None...

Erika Berger

Erika owns most of Millennium. She's Blomkvist's boss, and his long-time lover. She's also...

Advokat Nils Erik Bjurman

Bjurman is a villain of the first order. When Salander's original guardian has a stroke, Bjurman...

Dragan Armansky

Dragan runs Milton Security and is Salander's boss. He's protective of her, yet can't protect...

Advokat Holger Palmgren

Holger, a lawyer, is Salander's legal guardian until December 2002. He's a nice man who's...

Salander's Mother

Salander's mother is about 46 and lives in Äppelviken Nursing Home, where Salander visits...

Camilla

Camilla is Salander's sister. All we know about her in this book is that Salander and her mother...

Mimmi

Mimmi is one of Salander's lovers. We learn that Salander "prefer[s] guys" (18.2), but has a...

Cilla Norén

Cilla is probably the only friend Salander ever made at school. Cilla introduces Salander to the...

The Evil Fingers

The Evil Fingers used to be a teen girl rock band, and is now a group of friends, which includes...

Plague

Plague is one of Salander's hacker associates. He lives in Stockholm. She doesn't consider him a...

Trinity

Trinity is a hacker, part of Salander's network. We meet him briefly in London, where he helps...

Bob the Dog

Bob the Dog is another hacker in Salander's network. We meet him with Trinity in London, and he...

Joshua

Joshua is hacker. He leaves information on Cochran Farms (Harriet's farm) for Blomkvist at the...

Greger Beckman

Greger is Erika Berger's husband. He's an artist, and something of a scandalous public figure,...

Pernilla

Pernilla is Blomkvist's daughter, a little older than Harriet was at the time she disappeared....

Monica Abrahamson

Monica is Blomkvist's ex-wife, "ex" because Blomkvist simply couldn't stay away from Erika...

Christer Malm

Christer is Millennium's art director and designer, "an exhibitionist gay celebrity" (3.55). He...

Janne Dahlman

Janne is managing editor at Millennium, and something of a bad guy. He's been giving out secret...

Henry Cortez

Henry is a journalist at Millennium. He's a minor character and seems like a nice guy. He...

Lotta Karim

Lotta is another journalist at Millennium. She's a minor character in this novel, and is shown...

Sonny Magnusson

Sonny is Millennium's advertising executive. He's a minor character in this novel, and is shown...

Monika Nillson

Monika is a journalist at Millennium, another minor character shown positively.

Malin Eriksson

Malin is hired by Erika Berger to replace Janne Dahlman at Millennium.

Ingela Oskarsson

Ingela is a part-time Millennium employee.

Annika Giannini

Annika is Blomkvist's sister, an attorney, married with two children. She and Blomkvist are close.

Robert Lindberg

Robert is Blomkvist's high school friend. He's the guy who gets Blomkvist interested in...

Kurt and Anita Blomkvist

Kurt and Anita are Blomkvist's parents, now deceased.

William Borg

Borg and Blomkvist have been enemies for about fifteen years, since they worked together at a...

Advokat Bertil Camnermarker

Bertil is Blomkvist's lawyer. We don't meet her in the story.

Cecilia Vanger

Cecilia, like Harriet, is Henrik's grandniece. She's 57 now and lives alone on Hedeby Island. Her...

Anita Vanger

Anita is Cecilia's younger sister, who looks and dresses just like her. She is Harriet's closest...

Gottfried Vanger

Gottfried is Harriet and Martin's father and one of the story's chief villains, though he dies...

Isabella Vanger

Isabella is Martin and Harriet's mother, and one nasty character. She knew her husband was raping...

Edith Vanger

Edith is Henrik's wife, now deceased.

Birger Vanger

Birger is Cecilia and Anita's older brother. He seems like a nasty guy, and he resents Blomkvist...

Dirch Frode

Dirch is Henrik's go-to guy. He handles the investigation and hiring of Blomkvist, and urges...

Detective Superintendant Morell

Detective Morrell is the same age as Henrik Vanger and shares his birthday. He's also the...

Pastor Otto Falk

Otto Falk is a pastor, and the last person known to have seen Harriet on the day she disappears....

Harald Vanger

Harald is Henrik's only living brother, and the father of Cecilia, Anita, and Birger. He's a Nazi...

Ingrid Vanger

Ingrid is married to Harald, and is the mother of Cecilia, Anita, and Birger. She's deceased,...

Richard and Margareta Vanger

Richard and Margareta, now deceased, are Gottfried's parents. Richard is Henrik's oldest brother....

Greger and Gerda Vanger

Greger is already deceased. He's survived by his wife Gerda and son Alexander, both of whom live...

Alexander Vanger

Alexander is son of Greger and Gerda, and seems like a nice guy. When Blomkvist finds out that...

Fredrik and Ulrika Vanger

Fredrik and Ulrika Vanger are the parents of Henrik and his brothers.

Johan Vanger

Johan is Fredrik's brother. He doesn't marry or have children.

Gottfried and Birger Vanger

Gottfried (yes, another Gottfried) and Birger Vanger are brothers. This Gottfried didn't marry or...

Pastor Margareta Strandh

Current pastor at Hedeby, replacing Otto Falk.

Tjorven the Cat

Tjorven is Hedeby's resident stray feline. She makes friends with Blomkvist on his first night in...

Jeff Cochran

Jeff is Harriet's oldest son. He's highly educated, and will run Cochran Farm when Harriet...

Spencer Cochran

Spencer is Harriet's husband. He died in 1994. They seemed to have had a loving relationship.

Eva Hassel

Eva is Martin's longtime girlfriend, a beautiful dentist. As far as we can tell, she knew nothing...

Kurt Nylund

Kurt is the photographer for the newspaper The Courier. He's on duty the day Harriet disappears...

Conny Torsson

Conny writes a rude article about Blomkvist for The Hedestad Courier.

Gunnar Karlman

Gunnar is editor of the Hedestad Courier and is on Hedeby Island the day Harriet disappears.

Anna Nygren

Ana is Henrik Vanger's personal assistant/attendant/secretary at his home on Hedeby Island.

Bodil Lindgren

Bodil supervises the Vanger family archives, where Salander does research on the night Martin...

Magnus Nillson

Magnus was superintendent of many Vanger properties when he was alive. He's present the day...

Gunnar Nilsson

Gunnar is Magnus's son, about the same age as Harriet. He might have had a romance with Harriet.

Helena Nilsson

Helena is Gunnar's wife.

Sixten Norland

Sixten is a sawmill worker present on Hedeby the day Harriet disappeared.

Gustav Arronson

Gustav is driving the tanker that wrecks on the bridge to Hedeby Island the day of Harriet's...

Jerker Arronson

Jerker is Gustav's son. He was sixteen and on Hedeby Island the day Harriet disappears.

Astrid

Astrid is the Vanger family cook in 1966.

Eugene Norman

Eugene is an eccentric painter who lives on Hedeby Island.

Suzanne

Suzanne is owner of Suzanne's Bridge Café, where Blomkvist eats, on the other side of the...

Rebecka Jacobsson

Rebecka is Gottfried's first-known victim, murdered in 1949, when Gottfried would have been about...

Mari Holmberg

Mari is from Kalmar and is murdered by Gottfried in 1954.

Rakel Lunde

Rakel is murdered by Gottfried in 1957 in Landskrona.

(Magda) Lovisa Sjöberg

Magda is murdered by Gottfried in 1960 in Karlstad.

Liv Gustavsson

Liv is murdered by Gottfried in 1960, in Stockholm.

Lea Persson

Lea is murdered by Gottfried in 1964, in Uddevalla. Martin, fourteen at the time, is with his...

Sarah Witt

Sarah is murder by Gottfried and Martin in 1964, in Ronneby. This seems to be Martin's first victim.

Lena Andersson

Lena is murdered by Martin in 1966, in Uppsala. She seems to be the first woman he kills on his...