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The Epic was written as a poem and started with Gilgamesh. Books of history show that he was a Sumerian King. Gilgamesh ruled his subjects for a long time. He seemed to be wise and full of knowledge. At some point, he became oppressive to his people and made them unhappy. They asked their gods to create an enemy that would destroy Gilgamesh. A rival by the name of Enkidu enters the kingdom but becomes Gilgamesh’s friend. Later they fight together and win many battles. On one occasion, Enkidu is killed, and this troubles Gilgamesh who starts fearing death. He decides to go on a journey to learn how to prevent death (O’Brien, 61).