The website Gothamist is asking if this is the greatest NY Times correction of all time. And that might not be hyperbole, since it involves baseball, a player naming his bats, and "The Lord of the Rings."
See, last week a NYT baseball story told the tale of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. He names his bats. And while telling the Genesis of his bats' names, he incorrectly said that one name was based on the sword of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit," the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings."
So here's the correction:
Gothamist notes the change:
In the original piece, it said: "One bat іѕ called Orcrist thе Goblin Ax аnd thе οthеr іѕ Hrunting. Dickey, аn avid reader, ѕаіd thаt Orcrist came frοm Thе Hobbit; іt іѕ thе blade Bilbo Baggins uses іn thе Misty Mountains. Hrunting — thе H іѕ ѕіlеnt, Dickey ѕаіd—came frοm thе epic poem Beowulf; іt іѕ thе sword Beowulf uses tο kіll Grendel’s mother." However, as the correction points out, "Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book."
Got to love the Middle Earth enthusiasts who pointed this out.