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Prologue - Gilgamesh King in Uruk A eulogy to wise and handsome Gilgamesh King of Uruk Uruk being the biblical Erech known today as Warka who built brick walls a rampart and a temple for Anu god of the firmament 1 - The Coming of Enkidu King Gilgameshs strength and lust left him with no rivals so the gods prevailed on the goddess Aruru to make him a brother which she duly did Thus Enkidu was created Enkidu was brought up in the wild eating grass in the hills He was the strongest man in the world He was discovered by a hill trapper who was so afraid of his strength that he sought advice from his father on what to do with the beast The trappers father instructed him to go to Gilgamesh and ask for his advice Gilgamesh advised him to hire a harlot and introduce her to Enkidu They duly did this and the harlot stripped before Enkidu who was fascinated by her She persuaded him to accompany her to see Gilgamesh in the city of Uruk Gilgamesh told his mother Ninsun of his dreams She interpreted them as presaging the arrival of Enkidu in Uruk The harlot encouraged the wild Enkidu to be more genteel in manner He was warned of the power of Gilgamesh Enkidu challenged Gilgamesh by preventing him from entering the house of a newly wedded bride according to the custom ordained by the gods of the king to be first and the husband to follow Gilgamesh threw him aside Enkidu acknowledged Gilgameshs strength and they became friends 2 - The Forest Journey Enkidu regretted that he was losing his powers and becoming weak so Gilgamesh had the idea of making a name for himself by raising a monument of cedars to the gods The trouble was as Enkidu knew all too well the cedars were guarded by a fearsome giant called Humbaba Gilgamesh was not
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