Part 2 of the Gilgamesh epic—Humbaba is killed


‘I will go to the cedar forest,’ says Gilgamesh. ‘I will chop down trees and bring back timber for Uruk.’

‘Don’t go!’ says Enkidu. ‘The cedar forest is guarded by terrifying Humbaba.’

Gilgamesh insists and they prepare to confront terrifying Humbaba. Their journey is long and difficult. They kill Humbaba.


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