Gilgamesh ordered a great wall to be built around the city. He ordered the men to leave their jobs. He ordered the woman to bring food. Children were kept away so that no one would stop to play with them. At first the people helped willingly, was an enemy planning to attack the city?
There is no one as strong as I am!
He was so strong I think hes the strongest man in the world
But as the wall got higher and higher the people grew restless, how how did it ave to be? It went up higher than any other wall in the world, but Gilgamesh pushed on day and night. Men fainted from hunger and work. Food grew scarce. The people called out for mercy begging Gilgamesh to stop but he would not listen. In despair, they prayed to the Sun God for help,
I dare you to come up here and fight me!
I am ready!
The Sun God heard their prayers and ordered the creation of another man as strong as Gilgamesh. His name was Enkidu. He was made from the clay of the earth. Since Gilgamesh had learned nothing from living with people, Enkidu was sent to live with the animals of the forest. Enkidu did not know human kindness for he had never seen another person. The first man Enkidu saw he did not like. It was a hunter chasing animals through the forest, trying to kill them. Why would anyone want to do that Enkidu wondered, He rushed to help his friends, He threw the hunter from his chariot and rescued the wounded animals.
The hunter ran back to Uruk to warn Gilgamesh about the new danger in the forest. He called Enkidu "the strongest man in the world." Gilgamesh was furious. "There is no one as strong as I am," he said. "Bring the creature to me so I can prove it. I will destroy him in front of all the people of Uruk." The hunter said he could not capture so strong a wild man by himself. "Then," said Gilgamesh, "we will make him into coming. Take the singer Shamhat. Let her lure him here with her songs and charms.
The next morning the people gathered to watch as SHamhat and Enkidu approached the gate. Gilgamesh had ordered work on the wall stopped for the day so all could see his victory. He stood on top of the wall and shouted at Enkidu, "I am master of this city and its people! No one enters without my permission! I dare you to come up here and fight me! " Enkidu climbed the wall. "I am ready!" he shouted back.
It was the most frightening battle the people of Uruk had ever seen. They fought for hours. The earth shook and lightning flashed across the sky, as if the gods themselves were fighting for control of the world. Gilgamesh and Enkidu were equal strength and neither was winning. Then, suddenly, Gilgamesh stepped on a loose stone, stumbled and fell over the edge of the wall. It happened so quickly the people watching could not believe their eyes. To their amazement, Enkidu reached over the wall, grabbed Gilgamesh by the arm and raised him to safety. Why? Enkidu had won. Why would he save someone who was trying to kill him? Gilgamesh again stood on top of the wall facing Enkidu. All who watched held their breath. Gilgamesh took a step towards Enkidu, stopped, opened his arms and embraced him. The king finally understood what it was to be human. He was no longer alone. He had found a friend.