Buffy slept, and dreamed.
A beautiful golden-haired woman was talking to her, softly but urgently. Buffy listened carefully, feeling it was very important that she remember what she was being told.
"The one you call the First is, in truth, an evil spirit named Melkor of the many guises. We thought him chained where he could do no harm, but he has escaped. My people fought one of his servants, lesser than he and not as powerful, long ago, and many of us died.
"The fight before you now will be the most difficult you have ever faced. But know that you are not alone. The power of the Valar is with you, Buffy. Remember that always, and be strong."
Buffy woke with new purpose.