The land of Middle Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien and made famous through the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit books and later movies is full of fantastic characters and creatures.

Therefore it makes sense that the origami community has created amazing works of origami based off of this world and it’s inhabitants.

The Nazgul, Ringwraiths or Dark Riders from the Lord of the Rings are very iconic and make for a fantastic origami model, especially if they’re folded using evil looking dark black paper.

This Nazgul is designed by 晓 陈 and the entire model uses one sheet of paper. It also looks great no matter what colour of paper was used.

Nazgul Riders
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/16048115864/

Nazgul, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Jason Ku designed what’s probably the most famous origami Nazgul design. The next several photos are all his design but it’s very interesting to see how the model takes on a very different look and feel depending who folds it.

Dark Rider Nazgul
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/6271821969/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by nyanko sensei

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Dark Rider Nazgul
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8533161@N07/15261413275/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Jackie Yang

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Dark Rider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/8296617309/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

I absolutely love the pose Matthew LaBoone folded this Nazgul in.

Nazgul Rider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66591224@N08/20005669851/

Nazgul, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Matthew LaBoone

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #129

 

Here’s a great origami version of Gandalf riding into the battle at Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers.

Gandalf the White
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/5830555027/

Gandalf, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Eric Joisel designed another great Gandalf model and Jordan Langerak was able to refold it himself just by looking at a photo of it!

Gandalf the Grey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/8328021022/

Gandalf, Designed by Eric Josiel and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

Hosanna Tan designed an amazing origami Tauriel. Tauriel is the female elf that was added into the Hobbit movies. The entire model including the bow and quiver is folded from one sheet of paper.

Tauriel the Elf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124231637@N06/17261932726/

Tauriel, Designed and Folded by Hosanna Tan

Crease pattern available from Hosanna Tan’s Flickr

 

Ents are the living trees from the Lord of the Rings. Just like the ents in the story come in many different sizes and shapes, so do origami Ents.

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/12118896033/

Ent, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/15278268646/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Crease pattern available from Sergio Guarachi’s Flickr

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/4014004766/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/3990486564/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Ent
https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/6224860604/

Ent, Designed and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve designed this elegant looking female elf.

Female Elf
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026742888/

Elf, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Leo Lai designed some great origami versions of some of the main Lord of the Rings characters.

Legolas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5794326224/

Legolas, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Aragorn
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5839969036/

Aragorn with Narsil, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Finally we have this incredible origami Smaug from Kei Watanabe’s display at the Origami Tanteidan Convention.

Smaug
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/20922812202/

Smaug, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Be sure to check out all of these great origami artists if you enjoyed their work and let them know how awesome their origami is.

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Which one of these models was your favourite? Let us know in the comments.