The Epic of Gilgamesh Characters

  • Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, a demigod who declines Ishtar's marriage proposal and searches for his friend Enkidu in the land of the dead.
  • Enkidu, a demigod created by Anu. Upon arrival in Uruk, Enkidu challenged Gilgamesh to a battle. Enkidu later died after being cursed by the wood of a magic portal.
  • Ishtar, a vengeful goddess who proposes marriage to Gilgamesh and is offended when he turns her down.
  • Anu, the King of the Gods, who fashions the demigod Enkidu out of clay and sends the bull to kill Gilgamesh.
  • Utnapishtim, a man who was blessed with immortality after surviving an ancient flood. 

Characters Discussed


Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, a demigod. He is the wisest, strongest, and most handsome of mortals. In earth-shaking combat, he overcomes Engidu, who has been fashioned by Aruru to be his rival. After the battle, the heroes become inseparable friends and companions through a series of heroic exploits. After Engidu dies, the grieving Gilgamesh seeks for and finds his friend in the land of the dead.


Engidu, a demigod formed by Aruru to be a rival to Gilgamesh. Vanquished by Gilgamesh, he becomes the hero’s inseparable companion and goes with him to conquer Khumbaba. Accidentally touching the portal of the gate to Khumbaba’s lair, he receives a curse from which he...

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