Well, that was fun
They sure did. Most of my memory of the Nashkel mines is of repeatedly hearing that yip-yap-yipping soundbite, combined with the combat music kicking in, that meant we were about to slice through yet another pack of kobolds.I'm casting my mind back! Did they yip? I can't remember!
Kobolds are sprites in Germanic myth, usually invisible and able to take the shape of children, small fire elementals, animals and candles. They haunt mines or live in people's houses.
in D&D, they got turned into sneaky, small, dog like critters who are good at trap making. They kept their underground habitats from folklore. They mutated into lizard like critters in 3e, and then started worshipping dragons, with some kobolds being born with wings.
A few years ago, I was tracking down letter tracing sheets for my kindergarten class, and found "K is for kobold," with a picture of a D&D style lizard kobold. Made me smile.
I don't know , those first two images (and I remember them well), seem pretty draconic or at least lizard like.
They are lizard like in 1e, covered in scales (both in the art and discription if I remember correctly). I don't think there is any discription of them begin dog-like in the original MM, but the art did give you that vibe. At some point they drifted to more dog like and now they have drifted to be more lizard like.They mutated into lizard like critters in 3e, ...