Ninurta is a god in Mesopotamia that was associated with farming, healing, and war. In the earlier stories that cover him, he is mostly associated with agriculture. Yet in later stories, his military side gets more emphasis.

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.