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.)
(Deadspin also notes: "(Though if you want to be technical about it, Orcrist, in the Elvish language of Sindarin, means "goblin cleaver," and thus the Times's "Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver" is a redundancy.)"
In honor of this NYT Corrective Moment, let me digress a bit. The Deadspin post was accompanied by an image out of this video--which I hadn't seen, but is truly a piping-hot serving of pure awesomeness:
So let me riff here...
This video reminds me of the time I went to the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, about fifteen years ago or so, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Now, back in those days, Hollywood had not taken over these conventions en masse; on top of that, this particular convention (which used to be held monthly, I think) was really sort of grungy, filled with unhygenic overweight men standing at tables peddling dusty boxes of old comic books. There were no booth babes, or even babes at all--in fact, for the women that were there at the convention, "less clothing" was the last thing that passed through one's mind.
But this convention took it up a notch for this particular session, and had invited Billy Dee Williams of Lando Calrissian fame (apparently, he comes quite often). Long-time SoSG readers will know that Billy Dee has popped up in my life at other seminal moments. But this was before even Lucky 13; at this stage, Williams was just Lando, nothing more.
I had invited a friend of mine to join me at this event; I was a comic book fanboy, he was a big-time Star Wars fan. And we sat in the crowd on folding chairs listening to Williams talk for a little while about what it was like to act in the Star Wars movies, which was largely innocuous.
And then came Q&A.
The first guy approached the microphone and asked a question if Lando had had any sort of "special relationship" with Lobot. After the round of laughter from the crowd, he added, "You know, because there's that point in the movie where you give each other that knowing glance, that look. Was there something else there?" Now, the guy who asked the question was smiling, and Williams was smiling, and we were all cracking up in the crowd. I don't even remember what the answer was, but it was funny.
Then the next guy gets up for his question, and he's totally serious, like the guy in the above video. And his question was something like, "What was the atmosphere like on Bespin?" No smile. He wasn't kidding. And I just about lost my shit then.
Ah, good times.