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Ellil, also known as Illil, is believed to be the king of the younger generation of gods. He is the father of Ninurta, the god who returns the Tablet of Destiny. Ellil is both powerful and unstable, as it is Ellil who orders the destruction of mankind several times in the myth of "Atrahasis". Ellil is also responsible for choosing Enkidu to die following his and Gilgamesh's destruction of the Bull of Heaven. Ellil also serves as the holder of the Tablet of Destinies that is stolen by Anzu.


Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others