The nerdiest newspaper correction of all time

May 09, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

On Sunday, the New York Times ran what is most likely the nerdiest newspaper correction of all time. 

Clarifying a baseball article entitled "R.A. Dickey's Well-Named Arsenal," about Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey's bats (which are named after swords found in epic fantasy literature), the Times' correction used the phrases "Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains," "the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield,"  and "Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver." 

The correction is actually too nerdy for even me (an admittedly big LOTR fan) to properly explain. 

So here it is in all of its geeky glory: 

Correction: May 8, 2011

An item in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey gave one of his bats. Orcrist was not, as Dickey had said, the name of the sword used by Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains in “The Hobbit”; Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book. (Bilbo Baggins’s sword was called Sting.)

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