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After Gilgamesh slays Humbaba, the text of Book V says

A gentle rain fell onto the mountains. A gentle rain fell onto the mountains (Mitchell 128).

This repetition is significant in that it


emphasizes the weather in order to provide a more striking description of the setting.


highlights lyrical narrative techniques as a reminder that this epic was first shared orally.


highlights the calm before the storm, since the rain foreshadows the death of Gilgamesh.


emphasizes how important rain is to the culture of ancient Mesopotamia due to the crops that fed the people.


is a song of praise towards the most important god in Ancient Mesopotamia: Hadad, god of rain.

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