Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell in LEGO

Dante’s Divine Comedy is one of the most popular epic poems, and while I am pretty sure there are still a lot of people who have not read the work in its entirety1, the concept of the Nine Circles of Hell is rather widespread.

Depending on your beliefs, of course, you may not want to think about the Nine Circles of Hell. Or you may not even believe that they exist. One thing that you would believe, I am sure, is how awesome Mihai Mihu‘s Nine Circles of Hell in LEGO is.

Limbo

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Limbo


“A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a temple.”

Lust

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Lust


“Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting things, ultimately being condemned to drown in the menstrual river.”

Gluttony

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Gluttony


“The circle itself is a living abomination, a hellish digestive system revealing horrific faces with mouths ready to devour the gluttons over and over for eternity.”

Greed

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Greed


“This pompous place is reserved for the punishment of the greedy ones. The hands of the damned are popping out of the walls and are trying to grab the riches around them or to drag the new arrivals in and feed on their lust for wealth.”

Anger

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Anger


“In this depressing place the souls are trapped in the swamp, they can’t move and they cannot manifest their frustration which is making them even more angry. Here I wanted to approach a theme more about feelings and emotions. The weeping statue represents those who turned their sadness into anger.”

Heresy

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Heresy


“The giant demon watches closely over his fire pit, dwarfing the damned that are dragging the new arrivals in the boiling lava. Those who committed the greatest sins against God are getting a special treatment inside the temple where they are doomed to burn for eternity in the scorching flames.”

Violence

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Violence


“A place of intense torture where the horrific screams of the damned are eternally accompanied by the hellish beats of drums. There are lots of elements here to convey violence like the suicide statues on top of the ruined citadel, the hanged souls or the river of blood.”

Fraud

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Fraud


“In Fraud the Demons enjoy altering the shape of souls, this is how they feed. In this process, the soul manifests its true fraudulent nature and reveals the cheats and tricks that it has committed in life. This is also the place of the cries and lament of a chained Titan who betrayed Zeus.”

Treachery

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Treachery


“Lucifer lies here chained by the Angelic Seal which keeps him captive in the frozen environment. All the souls who are cast in Treachery are first processed by the flying demons at the temple where the Judas coins are.”

There you have the perfect example of an AFOL at work. As much kids love LEGO, I don’t think I’ll be showing them these setups.

All quotes from The Brothers Brick.

All images from MOCpages.

  1. Guilty as charged. []
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