Over at Blood of Prokopius, Fr Dave has been producing an excellent series of posts about amalgamating "the two Blue Books" -- Holmes's Basic Set and Cook's Expert Rules. Recently, he pointed out a passage in Holmes whose implications never really occurred to me till now. Holmes's description of kobolds notes that they are "evil dwarf-like creatures." For some reason, I'd always taken this simply to mean that kobolds were short in stature rather than, literally, much like dwarves in appearance.
Thinking on it, I rather like the idea, both because it presents a different take on kobolds than either the little dog men of the Monster Manual or the little dragon men of later editions and because it ties in nicely with the knockers of the Dwimmermount setting, about which I've been thinking about lately. It's funny that I'd read that passage in the Blue Book more times than I can count and it was only now, after Fr Dave pointed out an obvious conclusion, that I had an "aha!" moment about these puniest of dungeon monsters.
Funny how that can happen.