Gilgamesh proposes an adventure–a journey to the far-off cedar woods in order to fight a wood demon. On the journey to the woods, Gilgamesh has a series of dreams.
Enkidu loses heart, and Gilgamesh begins to fight the wood demon alone. But Enkidu rallies and takes the lead in the battle with the wood demon. The Wood demon curses Enkidu, predicting his life will be short.
Enkidu and Gilgamesh cut down the forest to celebrate their victory. They realize that “standing together,two can prevail.”
After the two return to Uruk, Gilgamesh rejects the advances of the goddess Ishtar, who has her father send down a bull to destroy the royal city. Enkidu takes the lead in killing the bull.
The gods decree vengeance on Enkidu, who falls ill and dies. Gilgamesh is devastated.
Gilgamesh decides to embark on a journey to the Underworld to seek the meaning of life and death. Gilgamesh encounters and surmounts various obstacles on his journey–scorpions, mountains, frighteningdreams.