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Enkidu is a mythological figure from Sumerian texts of the 3rd millennium BC.

The story about Enkidu, a "wildman" of the forest, and his friend king Gilgamesh is among the oldest literary works of mankind. According to legend, they fight each other but later become friends, fighting the Great Bull of Heaven; in that battle Enkidu is killed and mourned by his friend Gilgamesh. Their story was told by Captain Picard to the Tamarian Dathon, whose species communicates through stories and tales. (TNG: "Darmok")

The story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu at Uruk is itself a metaphor for the situation of Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel: two people, initially combatants, come together to become friends and fight a common foe, a battle in which one of them is struck down and the other mourns his loss. (Mission Overview: Year Five, TNG Season 5 DVD special features)

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