By Josh Rottenberg
Updated July 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: James Fisher

Though the cast and crew of The Hobbit are currently taking a break in their marathon production of the two-part epic, there’s still fresh news to keep fans on the hook. Last month, director Peter Jackson shared the first images from the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation exclusively with EW, giving moviegoers the first glimpse of Martin Freeman as the hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins. Over the last few weeks, he’s offered a peek at several members of the Company of Dwarves.

Now, on the movie’s official Facebook page, Jackson has offered a first look at one of the most important characters in The Hobbit: Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves, who, along with the wizard Gandalf, recruits Bilbo on a quest to reclaim a dragon’s treasure. Thorin is being played by Richard Armitage, and from the moment that casting was announced, fans of Armitage, who’s best known from the BBC series North and South, Robin Hood, and MI-5, wondered to what extent his good looks would be buried under layers of makeup, facial hair, and general Middle-earth grime. Well, you be the judge. Is this the hunky dwarf you might have been hoping for? One thing’s for sure — he’s a whole lot hunkier-looking than these guys.

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