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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Encountering Humbaba
  • Fighting Humbaba
  • What did I ever do to that guy?
  • Two friends, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, once set out to the cedar forest high in the mountains of Mesopotamia, to bring back some of this precious wood and claim the seven splendors possesed by the demon, Humbaba...
  • Humbaba's Pleas
  • However, as the two friends were about to enter the forest, the monster Humbaba arose from his cedar lair.
  • Slaying Humbaba
  • Enkidu and Gilgamesh decided to fight Humbaba, and they bound him with the eight great winds.  They entered Humbaba's house, and felled the first tree.  At this, Humbaba blazed out.  As they reached his lair, the seventh blaze died out.
  • Enlil's Rage
  • How dare you!!!!!
  • Humbaba slapped his thigh in shame.  He pleaded to Gilgamesh that if he spared his life, Humbaba would be his slave for life.  However, Enkidu said to Gilgamesh that Humbaba MUST die.  After slaying Humbaba, Enkidu and Gilgamesh could slay Humbaba's servants too.  Gilgamesh said to Enkidu, "If we touch him, the blaze of glory of light will be put out in confusion."
  • In the end, Gilgamesh was persuaded by Enkidu and they killed the beast Humbaba in three blows.
  • This made the god Enlil extremely mad at Gilgamesh and Enkidu.  Enlil asked them why they would do such a horrid deed.  He said, "From henceforth may the fire be on your faces, may it eat the bread that you eat, may it drink where you drink," so he took the blaze and seven splendors.  He gave one to the river, one to the lion and so on.
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