When it comes to complex origami, never let imagination stop you from folding the impossible. Many single-paper-single-model design has stereotyped the thinking of folding one item with one sheet of paper. But many origami master has broken this unwritten framework of design and created multiple objects in a single sheet of paper. Robert Lang has a few classic origami model of man playing instruments such as piano and cello; Eric Joisel has created intricate human figures holding sword and shield, just to name a few.
Here is another 2 object model designed by Jason Ku, the Nazgul (ver 7.3), from the great fiction Lord of the Ring. This is the undead servants of Mordor. They never sleep, never die, and never stop coming.
This model is designed by Jason in 2007, with the Nazgul ridding on a horse. You can only find the Crease Pattern for this model in Ku’s website (http://scripts.mit.edu/~jasonku/index.php?id=2007&model=nazgul2). It was also published in a Russian origami magazine in 2009 (unfortunately it is out of print).
The Russian Origami Magazine which contain the basic steps for folding Ku’s Nazgul 7.3
As usual, finding the paper for this model is a headache. It is recommended that you use at least a paper size of 60cm square. I finally got my hand on a 62cm square black KRAFT paper, not the best choice, but its big enough.
62cm square Black KRAFT paper
In the first few hours, you will only do creasing and creasing and creasing. As the paper I used is black on both sides, this makes the creasing even more difficult. The moment when you feel tired and take a break, and when you come back, you need some time to orientate the paper before you know where you last stopped. Here how its look like when basic crease are done. (For a clear picture of what I have folded, please refer to Jason Ku’s website)
Basic Crease of Nazgul 7.3
Now to collapse the model. It is quite easy with the help of the Russian’s decipher of the CP. So to fold up to paper totally collapsed into shape did not take me to much time.
Half way through with the collapsing
Model fully collapsed. Even at this stage the semi finished model is already quite impressive.
Now the tricky part comes. It is never possible to re-create Jason’s model without the actual instruction. So many details from now onward depends entirely up to the folder’s imagination…. which is great! This means that every Nazgul folded will be unique, and here is my personal contribution on folding the head of the horse:
Head of the fearful ride of the Nazgul… ‘designed’ by me
And here’s the my final result of the dark lord from Lord of the Ring….
Nazgul 7.3 – designed by Jason Ku
View from the front left
A rare view of this Dark Rider from the top…. usually they are above all
Nazgul…. on the ice horizon
Just when You think this the the ultimate of folding the Nazgul, Jason Ku has come up with another version of Nazgul (ver 8.1) in 2011.