Clute and Grant's Encyclopedia of Fantasy includes an entry on "Sequels by Other Hands" (shortened to SBOH in the body of the text). The phrase and the acronym have stuck in my head. It goes without saying that sequels (and prequels) to dead authors' works are very common in fantasy and sf, but Tolkien is the great exception. There has been fan fiction, choose-your-path books and other gaming material, and of course the recent and forthcoming movies, but no "real" books. But nothing lasts forever, and no caretaker is either immortal or incorruptible. Sooner or later someone with the power to do so will authorize new Middle-earth novels. When I was young and insufferably snobbish the thought appalled me. But I'm no longer young, or insufferable in that particular way, and now the LOTR movies have come and gone. I think they are over-rated as films and utterly wrong-headed as adaptations, but I have to admit the sky hasn't fallen and the earth hasn't swallowed anyone up. Life goes on and in a world where Elrond/Legolas slash is only a few clicks away can any authorized prequel really seem like a desecration? I suspect the answer is still a resounding YES to a lot of Tolkien fans and if you're one of them, well, you're a better man than I am, Jungle Jim. But if anyone else has found themselves thinking the unthinkable... well, exactly what are you thinking? Which characters? Stories? Authors? Here's a specific question: the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs is one of my favorite bits from the Appendices. What living author should or could tell the full tale?