NY Times apologizes for Hobbit error—in its sports section!

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Dec 14, 2012

We've gotten used to the mass media getting its sci-fi and fantasy facts wrong and never saying they're sorry. But the New York Times just made one of the weirdest corrections we've ever seen—by apologizing for an error it made about the The Hobbit in its sports section!

Apparently R.A. Dickey, a pitcher for the Mets, has given his baseball bats Beowulf and Hobbit-themed names, and in writing about this quirk the NY Times said that:

"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.

Only that's NOT the name of Bilbo's sword, as the Times was later forced to admit, as you can see in the pic above:

"Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book."

We guess we should cut the Times some slack, though. If we were to make anything but the most obvious reference to baseball here today, we're sure we'd end up having to apologize bigtime tomorrow!

(via Gothamist)