Bilbo mourns that he is missing the pleasures of high summer in the Shire. Picnic’s obsolete meaning is what I would call a pot-luck meal, in which all the guests bring something to share. The word’s history may be French, it may be a sound-play, it may be German, but the German may be a borrowing from English – quite the enjoyable little mystery to entertain us as we dine outdoors.
- 04.003 and picnics.
“picnic, n., adj., and adv.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 13 May 2015.