Encyclopedia: Yan Yan

Yan Yan; Yen Yen; 嚴顔

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Yan Yan 嚴顔

Lived: Unknown


Served: Liu Zhang, Shu

Served Liu Zhang, but surrendered to Zhang Fei after being defeated by him.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Yen Yen
Simplified Chinese: 严颜
Pronunciation: Yan2 Yan2  Pronunciation

Birthplace: Suzhong
(Presently Sichuan Province)

Rank and Titles

Grand Administrator of Ba

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Was not heard of again after his surrender to Zhang Fei.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 6365, 7072, 81, 91

Sanguozhi: Shu 6

Search Results

Huang Zhong and Yan Yan Underrated?
Date: 10/07     Replies: 25
Why Did Zhang Fei Spare Yan Yan?
Date: 05/05     Replies: 14


Historic (Confirmed)

When Liu Bei was invited into Shu, Yan Yan said “This is what is called ’a man who sits on a poor hill alone, and lets loose a tiger to defend himself.’ As Grand Administrator of Ba commandery, he was beaten and captured by Zhang Fei. Yan Yan angered Zhang Fei but his courage when facing execution saw Yan Yan released and treated as a guest.



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May 13, 2014