Titania is a fictional character in The Sandman series, first appearing in issue #19 Dream Country: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Neil Gaiman had planned a short arc involving William Shakespeare entering into a deal with Dream to write plays that would live on after him. Having introduced Shakespeare previously, in The Sandman issue #13, this issue dealt with the first play that was written for Dream in payment of the bargain.

In it, during the summer of 1593, William Shakespeare and his troop of actors traveled to Wendel's Mound in the English countryside. There, they performed the new play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, for Lord Morpheus and his guests, Titania and Auberon, king and queen of the fairies, and their court.

Shakespeare wrote the play to Dream's instructions to ensure that humans never forgot Faerie and its rulers, Lord Auberon and Lady Titania.


Titania and Auberon

It is implied that Titania might have had an affair with Dream, who was called "Lord Shaper" by the faeries. Titania was shown to be incredibly narcissistic, and she was noticeably annoyed when Dream sent no secret message for her with a servant who returned to Faerie from his realm.

Other AppearancesEdit

Titania was a recurring character throughout the series.

She was an important support character in Gaiman's series, The Books of Magic.

Miscellaneous InformationEdit

In the mythology of the comic series, she is a mortal woman, who has lived and ruled in fairy land so long that no one remembers she once looked - and still is, under her magical seeming - human.

She is inspired by, and implied to be the same Titania as the faerie queen in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sandman Dream Country: A Midsummer Night's Dream won the World Fantasy Award in the 'Best Short Fiction' category. It is the first and only comic to ever have done so.