In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, seeing that the votes have stabilised, April is nearing its end, and it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout May 2017, our topic challenge, proposed by Rand al'Thor, will be
Topic challenge: Icelandic Sagas
I think suggesting a single one would be too narrow a challenge to catch many people's interest, but Icelandic sagas as a whole definitely form an interesting (and influential) part of literature. I don't know too much about them, but some rudimentary research suggests that they started off as oral-traditions in the 9th to 11th centuries and an evolved form of them was written down a few centuries later. Having a topic challenge about these might help to educate people about oral literature.
Although they are part of European culture, they still originate in a non-English-speaking country, and I think they count as broadening the cultural scope of the site; after all, we don't have any questions about icelandic-literature yet. Being centuries old, of course, they're also freely available online, including in English translations - for example at the Icelandic Saga Database
As with the previous announcement, I post this before the actual start of the challenge, so that everyone has time to prepare. The topic challenge will start on May 1st.
What is a topic challenge?
During a topic challenge, community members read and ask questions about a particular topic.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history.
Question on other topics are always welcome as well, but they won't count as a part of this challenge.
How does one participate?
To participate in this topic challenge, all one has to do is ask or answer a question related to Icelandic sagas. That simple! Questions asked in the scope of this topic challenge should be tagged with scandinavian-literature or norse-literature, as appropriate (see tagging discussion here).