So Halladay is the Goblin, Then?

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.)

Researchers say this paragraph from a New York Times blog post approaches the theoretical maximum nerdiness-per-character density, known colloquially as “The LARP Limit”.

What, no Glamdring ref, NYT?

Also, it’s not “Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver.” Orcrist translates to Goblin Cleaver just as Glamdring translates to Foe Hammer.

another contender for the crown:

If The X-Files were a Lord of the Rings-length novel, then “Jose Chung’s” would be its first appendix, a source that is at once in love with the main text and critical of it, a place where real human concerns creep around the edges of the show’s chilly implausibilities.