A sort of goblin in the mythology of Normandy, very similar to
the house-spirits of Germany and Scandinavia. Sometimes it assumes the
form of a horse ready equipped, and in this shape is called Le Cheval Bayard.
is to twist hair into elflocks. Sometimes these mischievous urchins
so tangle the mane of a horse or head of a child that the hair must be
Le Prince Lutin,
by the Countess D'Aulnoy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894