How do you think Tolkien's stories would have been affected if he hadn't gone to war? Would some battles, relationships, values, and themes have been different? What do you think, and give some things that would have changed. Hi! I'm over here! Does anyone mind replying?! I think I'll answer my own question. I think that if Tolkien hadn't gone to war, some of the relationships between characters, like Frodo and Sam's, and some of the war scenes wouldn't have been so deep and interesting.