One of Cao Cao's relative
from Qiao who was a fearsome general. Xiahou Dun had been trained from
his early boyhood to use the spear and the club. When only fourteen
he had been attached to a certain master-in-arms. One day one person
spoke disrespectfully of his master, and Xiahou Dun killed that person.
For this deed, however, he had to flee and had been an exile for some
time. When Cao Cao called for volunteers to fight Dong Zhuo, Xiahou
Dun joined Cao Cao with his cousin, Xiahou Yuan. He was relied heavily
on by Cao Cao and called the one-eyed brave warrior. During his service,
he was one of Cao Cao's most trusted men and had saved his master from
danger many times.
When he was out hunting one day, he met
Dian Wei, a bold warrior, and recommended him to Cao Cao. In the campaign
against Lu Bu at Xuzhou, he led a division and fought Gao Shun; one
of Lu Bu's general. Gao Shun began to weaken and ran back but was chased
by Xiahou Dun. Unfortunately, Xiahou Dun was shot in his left eye by
Lu Bu's general Cao Xing. He put up his head and pulled out the arrow
and with it also his eye. He yelled, "Essence of my father, blood of
my mother, I cannot throw this away!" and he swallowed his eye. Then
he swung his spear and ran his horse into his new enemy, Cao Xing and
struck the spear full in the enemy's face. Although he lost an eye since
then, he was still powerful with one eye.
At the time Guan Yu set out to find Liu
Bei, Xiahou Dun stopped him at the final pass and fought with him personally,
but then Cao Cao let Guan Yu go. When Cao Cao met Yuan Shao at Guandu,
Xiahou Dun fought many battles and was victorious. Later, he proposed
to attack Liu Bei at Xinye. He led Cao Cao's men as commander and met
Liu Bei at Bowang. But he was quickly overcome by Zhuge Liang's fire
strategy and lost the battle. Then he accompanied Cao Cao on his incursion
southward and the conquest of Hanzhong. Later he was sent to keep watch
over the capital Xuchang. He captured the men who conspired against
Cao Cao and thus secured the capital.
Xiahou Dun died not long after Cao Cao's
death. Cao Cao's son, Cao Pi, put on mourning for the great leader and
instituted magnificent funeral to honor him. Xiahou Dun reached the
rank of Regent Marshal, as the highest military official at court.