"There's nothing you can do to stop Dahak from entering our world. It's his destiny."

―Gilgamesh to Hercules ("Faith")
Son of ra
Portrayed By Tony Todd
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Only Appearance "Faith" (HTLJ)
Status Deceased
Residence Sumeria
Cause of Death Pushed by Hercules into the fires
Killed By Hercules
Romances Unknown deceased wife
Affiliations Dahak, Dahak's Cult
Father Ra
Sister(s) Nebula (half-sister)
Son(s) Unknown deceased child

Gilgamesh was the King of Sumeria and a follower of Dahak.

When Gilgamesh was fighting an army of pagans who were invading Sumeria, his wife and child were killed. He blamed the gods, especially his father, Ra. In his anger, he turned to Dahak.

To fulfil Dahak's plan, Gilgamesh needed help to infiltrate the Pyramid of the Gods and drink nectar from the Chalice of the Gods. He had his priest, Imuru, find Hercules because he needed the strength of another demi god. While working with Hercules, Gilgamesh developed a true affinity for the man. Their stories were similar (the deaths of their wives and children).

After betraying Hercules' trust and drinking from the Chalice of the Gods, Gilgamesh revealed his plan to help Dahak enter the world and kill the gods. The last step was to sacrifice a "Warrior Heart." Gilgamesh planned to kill his half sister, Nebula. During a battle, Iolaus saved Nebula by sacrificing himself and Hercules killed Gilgamesh by throwing him into the fires of Dahak. It was not until sometime later that Hercules realized that Iolaus' death was the sacrifice Dahak needed to enter the world (HTLJ "Faith").


Background informationEdit

  • Gilgamesh (𒄑𒂆𒈦 /ˈɡɪl.ɡə.mɛʃ/: Gilgameš) was a King of Uruk in Mesopotamia (now modern Iraq), who lived sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. The son of King Ubar-tutu and Ninsun, the dream-goddess, he is the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian poem that is considered the first great work of literature.
  • In the epic, Gilgamesh is a demigod of superhuman strength who built the city walls of Uruk to defend his people and travelled to meet the sage Utnapishtim, who survived the Great Deluge. According to the Sumerian King List, Gilgamesh ruled his city for 126 years. In the Tummal Inscription, Gilgamesh and his son Urlugal rebuilt the sanctuary of the goddess Ninlil in Tummal, a sacred quarter in her city of Nippur. Although Greek demigods were Half-god, Gilgamesh was two-thirds god, since he had three parents, two of whom were gods.
  • In Egyptian Mythology, Ra is the Egyptian sun god, known as Atum-Ra in the Late Egyptian period; he is not Sumerian deity. Ra also appears as a title in the names of several later Egyptian gods.

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