Gilgamesh the King by Jayden T.

Gilgamesh the King by Jayden T.

Storyboard Text

  • Build a wall around the city!
  • Then bring Shamhat with you that way she can trick him into coming here.
  • I cannot capture a man that strong.
  • Aaaah!
  • Long ago in the land of Mesopotamia, a king with the name of Gilgamesh was sent by the Sun God to rule over the city of Uruk. He was part man and part god and had power and wealth. However, he grew cruel and bitter because he had no friends. One day, Gilgamesh decided to show the people how strong and powerful he was.
  • So Gilgamesh ordered a great wall to be built around the city. Men were ordered to leave their jobs and families to work on the wall. He made woman bring food. Children were told to stay away that way nobody could play with them. At first, the people helped. They thought that Gilgamesh must be doing something to help them. As the wall grew higher, the people grew restless. Some people fainted from starvation and work. Gilgamesh would not listen to the people who begged for mercy. The people then prayed to the Sun God, who sent down Enkidu to help them.
  • A hunter from the forest who had encountered Enkidu, ran to Gilgamesh to tell him about the "strongest man in the world." Gilgamesh was furious. He told the hunter to bring the creature there that way he could destroy him in front of all the people in Uruk. The hunter said that he could not capture Enkidu alone. Gilgamesh said that he should bring Shamhat with him so that she could lure Enkidu here.
  • The hunter led Shamhat to where he had last seen Enkidu. There he fled back to the city leaving Shamhat alone. As Shamhat sang and played her harp, she put the forest under spell. Enkidu then cautiously walked up to her. Shamhat soon taught Enkidu how to speak and to sing.
  • Shamhat then took Enkidu to Uruk where he and Gilgamesh fought. Enkidu and Gilgamesh had equal power, so neither of them were winning. Suddenly, Gilgamesh steps on a loose stone and falls off the wall. Enkidu suddenly rushes to the wall and saves Gilgamesh.
  • Gilgamesh then comes close to Enkidu and embraces him. Gilgamesh had found a friend.
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