I would like to know if Sam and Frodo wore the same clothes during their entire journey to Mordor.

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    My first thought was to say no, they each had their own set of clothes to wear, and did not have to share (for the most part - Frodo ends the journey wearing nothing but Sam's cloak). However, I'm sure Ibid has your actual intent. Jul 2, 2021 at 3:01
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    The bigger question is, was anyone wearing the same clothes while watching all the movies? Jul 2, 2021 at 4:19
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    No, but Gollum did - at least he appears to have been using the same loincloth since his first appearance in The Hobbit, and possibly since before he ever acquired the Ring - I'm guessing that's the remains of whatever clothes he had on back in his Smeagol days... Jul 2, 2021 at 14:13

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They did not

The fellowship are given new clothes in Lothlorien

The Elves next unwrapped and gave to each of the Company the clothes they had brought. For each they had provided a hood and cloak, made according to his size, of the light but warm silken stuff that the Galadhrim wove. It was hard to say of what colour they were: grey with the hue of twilight under the trees they seemed to be; and yet if they were moved, or set in another light, they were green as shadowed leaves, or brown as fallow fields by night, dusk-silver as water under the stars. Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
The Lord of the Rings Book II - Chapter 8 "Farewell to Lórien"

At Cirith Ungol Frodo is captured and stripped. His clothes are all sent off to Barad Dur and he and Sam adopt orc clothing when they leave, which also helps them blend in.

He opened the bundle. Frodo looked in disgust at the contents, but there was nothing for it: he had to put the things on, or go naked. There were long hairy breeches of some unclean beast-fell, and a tunic of dirty leather. He drew them on. Over the tunic went a coat of stout ring-mail, short for a full-sized orc, too long for Frodo and heavy. About it he clasped a belt, at which there hung a short sheath holding a broad-bladed stabbing-sword. Sam had brought several orc-helmets. One of them fitted Frodo well enough, a black cap with iron rim, and iron hoops covered with leather upon which the evil Eye was painted in red above the beaklike nose-guard.
'The Morgul-stuff, Gorbag’s gear, was a better fit and better made,’ said Sam; 'but it wouldn’t do, I guess, to go carrying his tokens into Mordor, not after this business here. Well, there you are, Mr. Frodo. A perfect little orc, if I may make so bold-at least you would be, if we could cover your face with a mask, give you longer arms, and make you bow-legged. This will hide some of the tell-tales.’ He put a large black cloak round Frodo’s shoulders. `Now you’re ready! You can pick up a shield as we go.’
The Lord of the Rings Book VI - Chapter 1 "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"

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    They also lost their original cloths in the Barrow Down incident.
    – Max
    Jul 1, 2021 at 21:00
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    I wouldn't be surprised if they had received more suitable travel clothes in Rivendell as well.
    – chepner
    Jul 1, 2021 at 22:44
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    I don't have a quote handy, but Tolkein makes a point of noting that among traveling gear obtained by The Fellowship in Rivendell are fur-lined cloaks. Also, Frodo has Bilbo's Mithril shirt under all his outer clothing.
    – dmedine
    Jul 2, 2021 at 2:40
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    @Max - Arguably that would be before they set out to Mordor.
    – ibid
    Jul 2, 2021 at 2:44
  • @dmedine - "All were well furnished by Elrond with thick warm clothes, and they had jackets and cloaks lined with fur." However, I can argue that since this is when they initially set out to Mordor it constitutes their original set of clothes, and so thus outside the scope of this answer.
    – ibid
    Jul 2, 2021 at 23:03

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