The streaming service released the official trailer from Skydance Animation about a young woman who tries to turn on her luck with a penny. As she accidentally flushed her lucky penny down the toilet, she follows a black cat down a magical gate that leads her to a world of good luck and bad luck realms. With her bad luck presence, she turns the good luck world on its head and she must save both worlds with her given luck.
From Apple Original Films comes the story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world, who when she stumbles into the never-before-seen Land of Luck, sets out on a quest to bring some good luck home for her best friend. But with humans not allowed, her only chance is to team up with the magical creatures that live there to do it.
The Exquisite Tempers of Grettir the Strong Slavica Ranković Hermeneutic Pendulum In his 1965 edition of The Saga of Grettir the Strong, Peter Foote identified "the causes for Grettir's downfall" as the saga's "central problem" (x). Indeed, the question of whether these causes are predominantly supernatural and external (Glámr's curse, witchcraft, ill luck, envy of lesser men, etc.) or whether the hero's ruin is the product of his own actions and irascible temper has dominated scholarly discourse on Grettis saga for quite some time. And while most readers readily acknowledge that both the "outer" and the "inner" causes play a role, different attempts to apportion to each type a finer, more precise measure of influence resulted in what could be conceived of as a "hermeneutic pendulum," with opinions oscillating and settling at various points between the two extreme positions.1
Thus, for instance, Peter Foote himself advocated the dominance of the "inner" causes, pointing to Grettir's actions and character traits as crucial factors contributing to the hero's tragic end. He argued that "it would be difficult for a Christian [saga author] in the medieval world to think of destiny and character as set on different courses, with no contact between them," and hence, drew a causal connection between "Grettir's immoderate self-confidence and his lucklessness" (Foote 1965, xi). In particular, the hero's brooding aimlessness just prior to his fateful encounter with the revenant Glámr, his aching need to test [End Page 375] his strength, is perceived in terms of a hubris, an "excess" (Foote 1965, xi) from which his ill luck stems.
He answered, "I am wanting somewhat else from thee than mocks such as these. I would rather of thee the help of thy money and goodhap; maybe it shall avail me, for I would fain hope that thy health and hap may perchance prevail over my ill-luck.'
Said the king: "Thou art minded then that it were better for our partnership to come to an end: but I was deeming it not ill-counselled for thee to abide in the land here under my good keeping, and that thou shouldst wed and dwell quietly here, with me to further thee. Nor do I deem it hopeful, this mind of thine for trading; a slippery matter it seems to me, even as thou hast proved aforetime." Nevertheless Roi would have the money shared, and so it was done, and the king said: "This is thy rede, Roi, and not mine; and better meseems it had been since thou hast come to seek luck at my hands that it had abided by thee." Men took up the word therewith, and said how he himself had proven how the king's luck had come to him in time of need. But the king said that Roi had dealt well with him, and that it would be great scathe if he tumbled into any ill-luck: and therewithal they parted. 041b061a72