For the past several months, Peter Jackson has kept Tolkien fans happy with a slew of images and behind-the-scenes video from the set of The Hobbit.

Thus far, we’ve gotten official looks at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellan as Gandalf the Grey, and several cool shots of the dwarves (including the brothers Nori, Ori, and Dori; the Northern dwarves Oin and Gloin; and the young warriors Fili and Kili). Needless to say, each update has been met with high praise and today’s release should be no different.

Adding to the growing collection of dwarf images, MGM today released a new picture of the working class dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur. Fans of the book will recall that these three cousins were often more of a hindrance than a help, particularly Bombur, who was generally fat and sleepy.

Check out the image of Bofur, Bombur and Bifur below, along with a description of the characters courtesy of IGN.

While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.

One thing that I’m really looking forward to in The Hobbit is seeing the band of 12 dwarves in action together. Gimli the dwarf delivered some of the funniest moments in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I expect the same type of comic relief from the dwarves in The Hobbit, especially given the story’s lighter tone overall.

Of course, that’s not to say that the dwarves will only be in the movie for laughs, but as is clearly demonstrated in the character description, the greediness and stubborness of the dwarves will definitely be played for humor.

What do you think of these latest pictures from The Hobbit? Just for fun, tell us who your favorite dwarf in The Hobbit is and why.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters in 2D and 3D on December 14th 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again comes out the following year on December 13th, 2013.

Source: IGN