By Josh Rottenberg
Updated July 07, 2011 at 10:27 PM EDT

Last month, director Peter Jackson shared exclusively with EW the first images from his highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tale The Hobbit, setting off countless nerdgasms around the globe. Though moviegoers will need to wait until Dec. 14, 2012 for the first installment in the two-part epic, today on the film’s official Facebook site, Jackson pulled back the curtain a tiny bit more, offering the first close-up look at three of the film’s dwarves: Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown), and Dori (Mark Hadlow). And, in case there had been any question, it’s abundantly clear that Jackson’s dwarves will not be of the cute, cuddly, Wilford Brimley-ish variety. Check out a full look at them below:

For anyone unfamiliar with The Hobbit, Jackson’s site offered this primer on the trio, who are part of the company of dwarves that recruit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on a quest to reclaim a dragon’s treasure: “These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal. Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other — and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide anyone who means harm to one of these brothers.”

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