The Epic of Gilgamesh
"Let Enkidu go ahead of you;
he knows the road to the Cedar Forest,
he has seen fighting, has experienced battle.
Enkidu will protect the friend, will keep the comrade safe." (3.1-9)
Enkidu spoke to Gilgamesh saying:
"My friend, turn back! ...
The road …" (3.242-248)
"'One alone cannot …'
'A slippery path is not feared by two people who help each other.'
'Twice three times …'
'A three-ply rope cannot be cut.'
'The mighty lion—two cubs can roll him over.'" (Old Babylonian Supplement at 4.239)