Enkidu is having second thoughts on killing Humbaba but Gilgamesh assures that

Enkidu is having second thoughts on killing humbaba

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Enkidu is having second thoughts on killing Humbaba but Gilgamesh assures that they must go and defeat him. Despite that Enkidu was frightened about their journey Gilgamesh told him that their death was yet to come sooner or later and if they shall die they will die in good name, they will be remembered for their brave journey. This shows that in their friendship that they can overcome the fear together. Through continuing the journey, the elders of Uruk told Gilgamesh to come back safely to the Great wall of Uruk, and that Enkidu would help guide him through the cedar forest and protect him. A long day of traveling they pitched camp for the night, what would take a group of men six weeks to travel it took the two of them only three days and nights. As they were asleep, Gilgamesh suddenly has a night terror that a mountain had fallen on him but as the trip continues he has more nightmares about him dying but Enkidu assures that the dreams he has are not real by saying “Don’t worry, my friend the dream you had is a favorable one… the mountains stand for Humbaba, he will fall just like that mountain” ( Gilamesh 112; bk 4) represents how Enkidu encourages Gilgamesh that all will be fine that the mountain is going to be Humbaba falling down after we slay him.
Wood3 Comparing both Enkidu and Gilgamesh it’s obvious that they both help each other with overcoming their fears and by coming together they will defeat Humbaba. As they reach the cedar forest, Enkidu is terrified and told Gilgamesh to go and defeat Humbaba by himself that he shall have a good name for defeating him. For Gilgamesh needed his companion to help defeat the fierce Humbaba by saying “Dear friend, dear brother, I cannot kill Humbaba alone…Please stay here with me stand at my side” ( Gilgamesh 119; bk 5) Gilgamesh couldn’t do it alone and needed Enkidu right there to help and since they had traveled that far to kill Humbaba they can’t just give up now. They walked to the edge of the forest with sight of the monsters cave. Humbaba saw them come up and shouted out a big roar and preceded telling Gilgamesh to be prepared to die. Gilgamesh is shook with fear but Enkidu says “ Dear friend, don’t listen to anything the monster says, kill him before you become confused” ( Gilgamesh 122; bk 5)

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