For even the most avid reader, Beowulf is a notoriously unwieldy classic.
With more than 3,000 alliterative lines written in Old English, many competent literary fans would consider it a struggle.
However, the Anglo-Saxon poem is not as epic as Google’s latest terms and conditions, according to a new study.
Scientists have found that the internet giant’s user agreement is more difficult to understand than the saga, which features the lines ‘Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings/Leader beloved, and long he ruled’.
Google’s new terms and conditions, featuring AdSense service rules, are coming into effect on November 11.
Users are currently being asked to agree to the changes, which include the requirement to ‘opt out’ if you don’t want your image to be used in advertising.
The new agreement, which has been the subject of much debate, has also been found to be a more complicated read than Leo Tolstoy’s Russian novel War and Peace.