Ninurta, an ancient Mesopotamian deity, is a multifaceted god whose domains include agriculture, hunting, war, law, and scribes. Originally worshiped in early Sumer as a god of agriculture and healing, Ninurta evolved into a formidable warrior deity as the region became more military.

Ninurta is the son of Ninlil and Enlil. He is the father of Ninsun, whom he has conceived with Bau. This makes him the grandfather of the famous King Gilgamesh.

Ninurta is often depicted as a vigorous warrior, embodying the aggressive, protective qualities necessary to defend the gods and humanity. In art, he is frequently shown with a bow and arrow or carrying his famous talking mace, Sharur, which not only serves as a weapon but also offers counsel.

Myths in which Enlil makes an appearance

  • Ninurta’s journey to Eridu: he receives the Me for life from Enki, symbolizing his role in the promotion of life and fertility
  • The slain heroes: he battles the the six-headed Wild Ram, the Palm Tree King, the seven-headed serpent, Kulianna the Mermaid, and the Magillum Boat.
  • Lugal-e: he slays the demon Asag with the help of his talking mace, Sharur
  • Battle against Anzu: he defeats Anzu, a lion-headed bird monster that stole the Tablet of Destinies

Myths in which Enlil makes an appearance


  • The God Ninurta in the Mythology and Royal Ideology of Ancient Mesopotamia: This scholarly book by Amar Annus explores Ninurta’s role in the mythology and royal ideology of ancient Mesopotamia, detailing his significance as a warrior god and his influence on kingship and governance
  • Skywalker: The Tablet of Ninurta by Heath Fox: This fantasy adventure novel features a young archaeologist on a quest to prevent a villain from harnessing the ultimate power, with the narrative centered around an ancient tablet linked to Ninurta