Sumerian mythology, the utukku were a type of spiritor demonthat could be either benevolent or evil. In Akkadian mythology, they were referred to as "utukki", were seven evil demons who were the offspring of Anuand Antu.
The evil utukku were called
Edimmuor Ekimmu; the good utukku were called shedu. One of the best known of The evil Utukku is Alû.
They were siblings of the
Anunnaki. They were in the service of the underworld, and were required to fetch home the fruit of the sacrifices and burnt offerings, which generally consisted of the blood, liver, and other " sweetmeats" of the sacrificed animal.
Utuk'ku is the name given to the wicked queen of the Norns in
Tad Williams' fantasy trilogy" Memory, Sorrow and Thorn".
Utukku appear in
Dungeons & Dragonsin "Creature Catalog", "Dragon" #89 (September 1984). It is an outsider from Tartarus that looks like a lion-like humanoid with a quilled mane and a scaly body. They sometimes come to the Prime Material Plane to spread misery and evil and to gather treasure.
Utukku makes an appearance in the video game
Final Fantasy XIas a ghost/wraith-class monster.
There are also Utukku djinn in the
Bartimaeus Trilogyby Jonathan Stroud. The Utukku, Baztukand Xerxesguard the trapped Bartimaeus, (Who is trapped in an Orb of Sorrow) but they are killed by Jaborand Faquarlwho are in the form of ravens.
The Utukki appear as the main villains in the series Babylon Rising by
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