By Whitney Pastorek
Updated September 19, 2006 at 06:01 PM EDT

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan wondering what to do with yourself now that Peter Jackson’s completed his movie trilogy and the LOTR musical tanked in Toronto? Help is on the way! It was announced yesterday that J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, has completed The Children of Hurin, a book unfinished by his father, which tells ancient tales of Middle-earth. Young Chris used his dad’s drafts and notes to complete the tale; Houghton Mifflin will release the novel in 2007.

Far be it from me to call this a bad idea, but I’m gonna go ahead and call it a bad idea. As much as I love those furry little hobbits, I can’t think of another time when a scheme like this has paid off… can you?

[P.S. If you’re looking for a saga to help you through your Tolkien withdrawal, might I suggest Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, or Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga?]