The Epic of Gilgamesh

Enkidu Character Analysis

Enkidu is a bold and strong man who was made by the gods to be Gilgamesh’s equal in strength. Living in the wild, Enkidu has a simple life and lives at peace with the wild animals. It’s only after he sleeps with Shamhat that Enkidu becomes “civilized” and loses his innocence. Enkidu’s friendship with Gilgamesh then becomes the foundation of the epic, as the two men love each other dearly with a love that seems to be based in a mutual respect for each other’s strength and courage. When dying, Enkidu first curses those responsible for taking him from his simple existence in nature, but then he realizes that without civilization, he never would have had his friendship with Gilgamesh.

Enkidu Quotes in The Epic of Gilgamesh

The The Epic of Gilgamesh quotes below are all either spoken by Enkidu or refer to Enkidu. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1 Quotes

He was innocent of mankind; he knew nothing of the cultivated land.

Related Characters: Enkidu
Page Number: 63
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When next he comes down to drink at the wells she will be there, stripped naked; and when he sees her beckoning him he will embrace her, and then the wild beasts will reject him.

Related Characters: The Trapper’s Father (speaker), Enkidu, The Trapper, Shamhat
Page Number: 64
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And now the wild creatures had all fled away; Enkidu was grown weak, for wisdom was in him, and the thoughts of man were in his heart.

Related Characters: Enkidu (speaker)
Page Number: 65
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When Enkidu was thrown he said to Gilgamesh, ‘There is not another like you in the world. Ninsun, who is as strong as a wild ox in the byre, she was the mother who bore you, and now you are raised above all men, and Enlil has given you the kingship, for your strength surpasses the strength of men’. So Enkidu and Gilgamesh embraced and their friendship was sealed.

Related Characters: Enkidu (speaker), Gilgamesh, Ninsun, Enlil
Page Number: 69
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Part 2 Quotes

The meaning of the dream is this. The father of the gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your destiny. Because of this do not be sad at heart, do not be grieved or oppressed. He has given you power to bind and to loose, to be the darkness and light of mankind.

Related Characters: Enkidu (speaker), Gilgamesh
Page Number: 70
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Gilgamesh replied: ‘Where is the man who can clamber to heaven? Only the gods live for ever with glorious Shamash, but as for us men, our days are numbered, our occupations are a breath of wind. How is this, already you are afraid!’

Related Characters: Gilgamesh (speaker), Enkidu, Shamash
Page Number: 71
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Here in the city man dies oppressed at heart.

Related Characters: Gilgamesh (speaker), Enkidu
Page Number: 72
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O my lord, you do not know this monster and that is the reason you are not afraid. I who know him, I am terrified. His teeth are dragon’s fangs, his countenance is like a lion, his charge is the rushing of the flood, with his look he crushes alike the trees of the forest and reeds in the swamp. O my Lord, you may go on if you choose into this land, but I will go back to the city. I will tell the lady your mother all your glorious deeds till she shouts for joy: and then I will tell the death that followed till she weeps for bitterness.

Related Characters: Enkidu (speaker), Gilgamesh, Ninsun, Humbaba
Page Number: 80
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Part 3 Quotes

‘Who is there in strong-walled Uruk who has wisdom like this? Strange things have been spoken, but why does your heart speak strangely? The dream was marvelous but the terror was great; we must treasure the dream whatever the terror; for the dream has shown that misery comes at last to the healthy man, the end of life is sorrow.’ And Gilgamesh lamented, ‘Now I will pray to the great gods, for my friend had an ominous dream.’

Related Characters: Gilgamesh (speaker), Enkidu
Page Number: 93
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Part 4 Quotes

How can I rest, how can I be at peace? Despair is in my heart. What my brother is now, that shall I be when I am dead.

Related Characters: Gilgamesh (speaker), Enkidu
Page Number: 97
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Enkidu Character Timeline in The Epic of Gilgamesh

The timeline below shows where the character Enkidu appears in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Coming of Enkidu
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The goddess Aruru, using water and clay, creates the man Enkidu in the wilderness. Within Enkidu is the spirit of the god of war, Ninurta. Enkidu... (full context)
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Enkidu lives with wild beasts, eating grass and drinking from watering holes. For three days in... (full context)
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The trapper travels to see Gilgamesh and tells him about Enkidu’s life with the wild beasts, destroying the trapper’s traps, and filling in his holes. Gilgamesh... (full context)
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...a temple prostitute named Shamhat. They then wait three days for the herds to come. Enkidu joins the wild animals in drinking from the watering hole. The trapper tells the prostitute... (full context)
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Enkidu accepts Shamhat’s invitation to come to Uruk, and she tells him that Gilgamesh has never... (full context)
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...a counselor, and they are then relayed to the prostitute Shamhat, who retells them to Enkidu. Shamhat asks Enkidu why he wants to live in the hills with wild beasts. She... (full context)
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Living with the shepherds, Enkidu is happy. One day, a mysterious man appears and tells Enkidu that Gilgamesh has shut... (full context)
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All the townspeople admire Enkidu when he enters Uruk. That night, Gilgamesh is on his way to meet his bride,... (full context)
Part 2: The Forest Journey
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...Gods, “Enlil of the mountain,” is responsible for Gilgamesh’s fate. Gilgamesh has a dream, and Enkidu interprets it: he says that though Gilgamesh is a king, he is not fated to... (full context)
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Gilgamesh rouses Enkidu with a speech, saying that since all men must die eventually, he should have no... (full context)
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...Humbaba. They say that Humbaba is immortal and possesses powerful weapons. Gilgamesh laughs and asks Enkidu, “How shall I answer them; shall I say I am afraid of Humbaba, I will... (full context)
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...Shamash not to forget Gilgamesh while he goes on the journey. She then says to Enkidu that he is like an adopted son to her. She asks him to serve Gilgamesh... (full context)
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Gilgamesh and Enkidu prepare to leave for the Land of Cedars. They arm themselves. The people ask when... (full context)
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Enkidu tells Gilgamesh to follow him—Enkidu knows the way—and not to be afraid. In three days,... (full context)
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They sleep, and at midnight Gilgamesh wakes up from a dream. He tells Enkidu of his dream: it was terrifying and confusing. Gilgamesh dreamed that he took hold of... (full context)
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Gilgamesh tells Enkidu of another dream he had. In a deep swamp, the two of them stood next... (full context)
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...sets an offering of food on the ground, and prays to the mountain to send Enkidu an auspicious dream. Enkidu dreams of cold rain coming down on him. When Enkidu wakes... (full context)
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...overcome by weakness and sleep. He lies on the ground “as though in a dream.” Enkidu tries to wake him, but cannot. Eventually Gilgamesh hears Enkidu’s pleas and wakes up, armoring... (full context)
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Gilgamesh says that he will not die or be mourned. He asks Enkidu to help him in the fight against Humbaba. He tells Enkidu that since all men... (full context)
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...cuts the branches off, laying them down at the bottom of the mountain. He and Enkidu then cut down seven more cedars and assemble the branches at the bottom of the... (full context)
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Humbaba says that Enkidu speaks out of jealousy and terror. Enkidu again tells Gilgamesh to slay Humbaba and his... (full context)
Part 3: Ishtar and Gilgamesh, and the Death of Enkidu
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...Its “snort” creates fissures in the Earth, into which two hundred people fall and die. Enkidu leaps onto the bull and grabs its horns. Gilgamesh grabs the Bull’s tail and stabs... (full context)
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...Lugulbanda. The horns themselves he hangs on the wall of his palace. Then he and Enkidu drive through Uruk, asking the people, “Who is most glorious of the heroes . .... (full context)
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The next morning, Enkidu tells Gilgamesh of a dream he had: the gods gathered together and Anu said that... (full context)
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Shamash speaks to Enkidu, asking why he curses this woman who brought him into a lavish life with Gilgamesh... (full context)
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Enkidu complains bitterly to Gilgamesh: “It was I who cut down the cedar, I who leveled... (full context)
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Gilgamesh cries while hearing Enkidu’s dream. He says that Enkidu’s dream is both awe-inspiring and grim, and declares that he... (full context)
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In his lamentation, Gilgamesh says that he weeps for Enkidu as “the axe at my side.” He says that the wild animals that raised Enkidu... (full context)
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Enkidu has died, and Gilgamesh lays a veil over him. Then Gilgamesh rages, tearing out his... (full context)
Part 4: The Search for Everlasting Life
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Gilgamesh wanders the wilderness, grieving for Enkidu. He declares that because he fears his own death, he will travel to find Utnapishtim,... (full context)
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...“Two thirds is god but one third is man.” Gilgamesh says he has travelled for Enkidu, to ask Utnapishtim about life and death. The Scorpion warns Gilgamesh that no mortal has... (full context)
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...looks gaunt and in despair, for he has made a long journey and his companion, Enkidu, has died. Siduri tells Gilgamesh that the gods will not allow him to achieve immortality,... (full context)