Also called Satan, Beelzebub, and occasionally even Dis, Lucifer was an angel who led a rebellion against God. God then created hell to imprison Lucifer and his fallen angels. Lucifer is even larger than the giants Dante sees in the eighth circle of hell, and is found in the ninth circle, where his three mouths devour Judas, Brutus, and Cassius. Dante and Virgil climb up Lucifer's gargantuan body to exit hell.
Lucifer Quotes in Inferno
The Inferno quotes below are all either spoken by Lucifer or refer to Lucifer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Inferno published in 1950.).
Canto 34 Quotes
Each mouth devoured a sinner clenched within,
Frayed by the fangs like flax beneath a brake;
Three at a time he tortured them for sin.
Lucifer Character Timeline in Inferno
The timeline below shows where the character Lucifer appears in Inferno. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.